You have just answered your own question...
Prior to 2.0 BH gear was two tiers lower than the best (campaign and dread guard were "better"), so awarding BH comms back then is the same as awarding basic comms now.
Black Hole and Campaing are level 61 pieces (Campaing gives bonus set)
Hazmat and Dread Guard are level 63 pieces (Dread Guard gives bonus set)
Black Market and Arkanian are level 69 pieces (Arkanian gives bonus set)
Verpine and Underground are level 72 pieces (Underground gives bonus set)
So Black Maket, which you get with elite comms, is the new Black Hole.