Removing the morse code requirement hasn't produced the windfall of new customers - er - hams that the greedy ARRL and Ham Industry had hoped for. Now that myth has been exposed, we should go back to incentive licensing and morse code requirements, otherwise Ham Radio risks becoming irrelevant. See www.cerevolution.com for information about a movement to reinstate code requirements.
All amateurs must be registered with the ULS in order to file applications with the FCC, even for such routine matters as a change of address or a license renewal. Registration requires that licensees supply a Taxpayer Identification Number, or TIN--a Social Security number for an individual. Some amateurs have protested that requirement citing privacy concerns, but the FCC has maintained that it's bound by the Debt Collection Improvement Act to require it.
Protest! Send Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org