If you're wondering why an avid digital mode operator would oppose increasing the bandwidth that can be employed by digital modes, the answer is "I don't". What I oppose is increasing the bandwidth that can be employed by digital modes without simultaneously preventing automatic stations without busy frequency detectors from interfering with even more QSOs than they do today. Ideally, the ARRL petition would be modified to require automatic stations using a mode wider than 2200 hertz to incorporate a busy frequency detector. This would not only prevent an increase in interference from automatic stations, it would provide an incentive to the operators of automatic stations to incorporate busy frequency detectors in order to gain access to wider -- and faster -- digital modes. As these operators upgraded their automatic stations, the level of interference they generate would decrease. Approving the ARRL petition "as is" would make this more difficult to accomplish in the future, as it would replace the incentive with a "take away". That's why the ARRL petition should be rejected.