I am back checking on progress, and I see...
OK, for someone that knows knothing, I'd agree with the OP. I remember posting something about ham radio and how it was unlikely that the FCC would gut the established hardware industry and its own policys by creating a radio that included wide band frequency-agile transmitters for unlicensed purchase. I said it nicer then.
I not only can not find the post (here), I couldn't find a log-on (site). Like I was never here. And I am pretty sure about that.
FRS radios have fixed antenna, power limits, everything was built/designed on the Earl to NOT be in congruence with existing policy on equipment. FCC had already created a CBband and lost control of it once, never again.
And actually including all that stuff together, what an intermod mess, I can't actually imagine it, but I guess the tech is possible? But if radios were that easy to run, the military would fire everybody in that MOS, right? Who needs any licenses if everyone will just do as they are told, and never make an illegal transmission... right.
No need for ham issues to have clouded the radio, FRS/GMRS/GArmin style restrictions were already a thought out deal for the FCC...
You needed Cell coverage for the internet and sat for GPS. that alone was a tight scramble. Adding frs/gmrs would have been fine. ... then the home internet links, hoo boy. and all software controlled?
Fixed antenna, fixed power output, channelized. No frequency agile radios for untrained operators. Licenses for everybody operating more than milliwatt outputs. That the way its set up to work. You gotta get an act of congress to make changes in that.
Rokjox (extra class)