ARRL article on R&O said:DXing on Citizens Band will become legal too. Once the new rules are effective, CBers will be allowed to contact stations outside of the FCC-imposed — but widely disregarded — 155.3-mile distance limit.
The first link in the ARRL web page points to the recent R&O (your second link).The referenced document in the ARRL article refers to a docket of intent dated 2010.
As far back as the 1970s when I first got into CB, everyone was completely disregarding the regulations of any kind.
I can't help but wonder, why bother now? I doubt they ever go after these guys running modified or export radios and higher power unless they interfere with some public safety frequency or such.
As solar cycle 24 declines further, there will be less and less propagation anyway.
This is a real threat, because as it becomes common, the FCC may open the band to unlicensed operators. There used to be volunteer spectrum monitors set up by the ARRL and a reporting mechanism to identify and get pirates off the ham bands. I can't seem to find any recent reference though, so I think it would need to be a citizen complaint to the local police or FCC. It seems to take some serious infraction to get action these days.Since becoming a ham radio operator, I've noticed something else related to this. I live on the opposite shore of the Hudson River in New York only several miles from I-87. I occasionally hear clearly unlicensed operators using amateur bands, mainly 2M.