This should be old news and I thought the official comment period had long expired, but it looks like the FCC is still accepting comments, 215 in the past 30 days.http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view;jsessionid=BnlHTTyhnyp1xrLf1T7xxpCLZbrQ4QnBQnnBqyh3w9jcZQsy3XWQ
This alone tells us one of the reasons why there has been so much opposition to the proposal. Note that most of these people are not even hams.http://www.sailnet.com/forums/general-discussion-sailing-related/111746-us-citizens-urged-support-fcc-rm-11708-a-2.html
Here is a sample comment to the FCC by a non-ham proponent of this petition. Notice the guy can't even spell.http://tinyurl.com/n6jwpnz
The FCC was supposed to take comments for a 30 day period following initial publication of the the notice. The original notice was posted on their website on 20 November 2013, and the first comments received appeared on the FCC site on the 25th. But they are still accepting comments and posting them on their site, 32 so far just to-day, as of 19h52 GMT.
The Sailnet thread is enough to make the topic worth dredging up again. Click on the link. The Sailnet thread was started on the 11th of December, with three posts and then nothing until 5 days ago. Since then, 15 new posts have appeared. Looks like the FCC site has been receiving and posting a steady stream of comments all along. The Sailnet proponents have primarily expressed interested in access to the internet that won't cost them any money, via amateur radio.
So it looks like the topic has been dredged up again. A random sample of recent comments shows most of them filed by hams in opposition to the proposal.