There IS a CB connection. The only apparent reason for the SSB-only restriction is to make the proposed new HF privileges consistent with existing 10m privileges. The 10m Tech/Novice sub-band was created as a result of the League's original "Novice Enhancement" petition. The stated purpose of the prohibition of AM it the original Petition was the League's (bogus) fear that CBers would acquire easy-to-get Novice tickets en masse and then hack their 11m transceivers to work on 10m, turning the new segment into a de facto CB sub-band right in the middle of the ham band. Your observations regarding the current state of CB is a convincing reason why there would be no need for such a restriction to-day, and why the rules should be changed to allow AM in the existing 10m segment. The League's current Petition states no reason for the proposed SSB-only restriction. This is not to say that I am in support any new HF phone privileges for Technicians, other than allowing them to use AM in their existing 10m segment, on the contrary. OTOH, I see no problem with adding RTTY/data to their existing CW privileges in the 80, 40 and 15m bands. As for the SSB-only restriction positioning AM as a "premium mode", IMO, I isn't a good idea to have any additional rules prohibiting AM in any phone segment. Such things have a way of gaining momentum and then expanding under the right circumstances. My current thinking is to comment in opposition to the proposed new HF phone segments for Technicians, but in support of a limited RTTY/data expansion of their existing CW privileges. In addition, I plan to propose adding AM privileges to the existing 10m phone segment, and that if the FCC does decide to go ahead and grant Technicians new phone privileges on HF, contrary to my opposition, that these new privileges should include AM.