The debate has been going on for years. I say yes licenses are increasing. Numbers dropped I'm the 70s with the cb craze, until the late 90s. Since 9/11 and Katrina, people are getting their licenses more over to help out others, chat and emergency communications. Amateur radio is the only fail safe communications. As seen on 9/11, Katrina, Haiti that communications as cellphone and land line phones go down or get jammed. Amateur radio operators made emergency calls, assisted the emergency services and dispatched the red cross to places. People are realizing that even though our communications grid is strong, it is no match for nature, but amateur radio will always work.