Comment Sought on Commercial Operator License Examination Element 9
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
Washington, D.C. 20554TTY 202 / 418-2555
Released: December 21, 2012
WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU SOLICITS ASSISTANCE IN UPDATING
COMMERCIAL OPERATOR LICENSE EXAMINATION (COLE) QUESTION POOL FOR
WT Docket No. 12-372Comment Date: January 21, 2013
Reply Date: February 5, 2013
In furtherance of the Commission’s ongoing commitment to improve upon the content of the
Commercial Operator License Examination (COLE), we hereby solicit private sector assistance in
updating the COLE question pool for Element 9 (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Maintainer License). The Commission’s goal is to ensure that the questions reflect the current duties and
responsibilities of commercial radio operator licensees and state-of-the-art technologies.
Owen Anderson has examined the current question pools and submitted for our review revised a
model test pool for Element 9. He has proposed that we adopt this question pool in its entirety.
Accordingly, we seek comment on whether this question pool should be adopted either partially or in its
entirety, and whether any changes should be made thereto. In addition, we seek suggestions regarding
whether any current questions should be eliminated and any new questions should be added. Each
proposed new question must be stated as a complete sentence and include a narrative statement regarding
the question’s importance. For each question, the following information must be included:
1. Element number associated with the question.
2. Correct answer and at least three multiple-choice distracters.
3. Name of source document upon which the question is based, and
4. A citation for the correct answer.
Procedural MattersComments on the request are due no later than January 21, 2012. Reply comments are due no
later than February 5, 2012. All filings should reference the docket number of this proceeding,
the Commission's ex parte rules.1 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written
presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the
1 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1206.
presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral
ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter’s
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to
such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are
deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or
by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 Fed. Reg.
24121 (1998). Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to
http:// www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be filed. If
multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this proceeding, however, commenters
must transmit one electronic copy of the comments to each docket or rulemaking number referenced in
the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal
Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an
electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters
should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and should include the following words in the body of the
message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in reply.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than
one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, commenters must submit two
additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S.
Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
-Effective December 28, 2009, all hand-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.
All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
NOTE:The Commission’s former filing location at 236 Massachusetts Ave., N.E. is permanently
-Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
-U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445
12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.
Parties are requested to send one copy of their comments and reply comments to Best Copy and
Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (800) 378-
3160, e-mail FCC@BCPIWEB.com.
The current COLE questions and answers are available on the Commission’s web site at
http://wireless.fcc.gov/commoperators/eqp.html. The revised model test pool submitted by Owen
Anderson, and all comments and reply comments filed in response to this Public Notice, are available for
viewing via the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) by entering the docket number,
WT 12-372. The documents also will be available for public inspection and copying during business
hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street S.W., Room CY-A257,
Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., telephone
(800) 378-3160, facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, e-mail FCC@BCPIWEB.com.
Alternate formats of this Public Notice (computer diskette, large print, audio recording, and
Braille) are available to persons with disabilities by contacting the Consumer & Governmental Affairs
Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY), or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
For further information, contact Mr. Ghassan Khalek of the Mobility Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-2771, TTY (202) 418-7233, or via e-mail at
By the Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
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