In addition to the two licensing proposals outlined above, the FCC in late March and early April requested input on several other amateur-related petitions.
One would require that digital modes used on the amateur bands be limited
to those "whose technical
characteristics have been documented publicly" and "can be monitored
in [their] entirety by third parties with freely available, open-source
software." A second petition asks the FCC to clarify that state and
localities should have no authority to regulate amateur radio with respect to
enacting "distracted driving" statutes. Two others seek to limit
vanity call sign assignments – one would permit people to request vanity calls
only in their "home" call area and the other would give preference to
applicants living in the call area requested.