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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc., Relating to an Increase to the Exchange Technology Fee

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Start Preamble January 16, 2002.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act” or “Exchange Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on December 20, 2001, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. (“Phlx” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The Exchange proposes to amend its schedule of dues, fees, and charges to increase its technology fee applicable to all members and foreign currency options participants not also holding legal title to a Phlx membership from the current charge of $100.00 per month to $150.00 per month. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the principal offices of the Phlx and at the Commission.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and the basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of Start Printed Page 3526these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

Currently, the Exchange charges a monthly technology fee on its members and foreign currency options participants that are not also holding legal title to a Phlx membership. This charge of $100.00 per month was instituted in March of 1997 at the rate of $100.00 to cover system software modifications, specific systems development (maintenance) costs, increased costs associated with the Securities Industry Automation Corporation, and the Options Price Reporting Authority communication changes and ongoing system maintenance charges.[3] Over the four and one half years since the technology fee was instituted, the complexity and expansion of the software and hardware, such as LANs, servers, and communications systems (both wireless and hardwired/tethered) has increased to serve the membership and the investing public. The Exchange's Board believes an increase to the technology fee is reasonable and necessary to support the ongoing efforts and deployment of technology on the trading floors to facilitate trading.

The technology fee was instituted to capture costs associated with system development costs associated with new risk management systems, order handling rule revisions, specialized quote feeds, and new products. Over the past four plus years, the Exchange's software and hardware systems have grown in order to process increased trading, resulting in more systems maintenance costs. The proposed increase in the technology fee is necessary to allow the Exchange to continue to operate its automated systems and compete with the other market centers in offering new technology features to facilitate trading.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,[4] in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[5] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [6] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[7] as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate, in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.[8]

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Phlx. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-Phlx-2001-117 and should be submitted by February 14, 2002.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[9]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 38394 (March 12, 1997), 62 FR 13204 (March 19, 1997).

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8.  See Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).

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[FR Doc. 02-1704 Filed 1-23-02; 8:45 am]

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