I am not following this. If nothing changes, as far as entrance exams, how is that easing them? It does increase the privileges allocated to technicians, but privileges are not the same as entrance requirements. I think a lot of people get the test confused with the privileges, they are two separate things. If we assume that the test qualifies the applicant to be an amateur radio operator, then that person is "qualified" to do whatever the test says he can do. We can't assume that a person qualified to operate 200 watts SSB on 28.4 MHz is somehow unqualified to operate at 28.8MHz or 21.400 MHz. Those frequency allocations are pretty much arbitrarily chosen by the FCC with input from hams, and others. Changing those bands and modes doesn't suddenly make the person unable or unqualified to operate there, those are simply defined by the rules. Correct, but we already have this, so nothing new. Techs already have SSB privileges on HF, this just expands them. Adds additional modes to the subbands. But actually a very simple administrative change for the FCC to implement, by adding a few words to part 97. The petition shows the changes to part 97 to accomplish this proposal, and it is not a whole lot of added stuff.