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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and Amendment No. 1 To Establish Fees Assessed on Non-Members for the Use of Computer-to-Computer Interface Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol Lines That Use Message Queue Series Software

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Start Preamble June 25, 2002.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Start Printed Page 44489(“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on June 14, 2002, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD”), through its subsidiary, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (“Nasdaq”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. On June 19, Nasdaq amended the proposal.[3] The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.

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

Nasdaq proposes to establish the fees for non-members for the use of Computer-to-Computer Interface (“CTCI”) Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (“TCP/IP”) lines that use Message Queue Series (“MQ Series”) software.[4] Nasdaq will implement the proposed rule change immediately upon approval by the Commission.

The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics. Rule 7010. System Services

(a)-(e) No change.

(f) Nasdaq WorkstationTM Service

(1)-(2) No change.

(3) The following charges shall apply for each CTCI subscriber*:

OptionsPrice
Option 1: Dual 56kb lines (one for redundancy) and single hub and router$1275/month.
Option 2: Dual 56kb lines (one for redundancy), dual hubs (one for redundancy), and dual routers (one for redundancy)$1600/month.
Option 3: Dual T1 lines (one for redundancy), dual hubs (one for redundancy), and dual routers (one for redundancy). Includes base bandwidth of 128kb$8000/month.
Option 1, 2, or 3 with Message Queue software enhancementFee for Option 1, 2, or 3 (including any Bandwidth Enhancement Fee) plus 20%
Disaster Recovery Option: Single 56kb line with single hub and router. (For remote disaster recovery sites only.)$975/month
Bandwidth Enhancement Fee (for T1 subscribers only)$4000/month per 64kb increase above 128kb T1 base
Installation Fee$2000 per site for dual hubs and routers $1000 per site for single hub and router
Relocation Fee (for the movement of TCP/IP-capable lines within a single location)$1700 per relocation
*As reflected in SR-NASD-00-80 and SR-NASD-00-81, x.25 CTCI circuits are being replaced with TCP/IP CTCI circuits. Pursuant to SR-NASD-2001-87 and SR-NASD-2001-88, the fee for x.25 CTCI circuits—which has remained $200 per month per circuit—is increased to $1,275 per month per circuit until the date of the termination of such circuits

(g)-(r) No change.

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

In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq 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

Nasdaq's CTCI network is a point-to-point dedicated circuit connection from the premises of brokerages and service providers to Nasdaq's Trumbull, Connecticut processing facilities. Through CTCI, firms are able to enter trade reports into Nasdaq's Automated Confirmation Transaction Service (“ACT”) and orders into Nasdaq's transaction execution systems.

In response to numerous requests from market participants that Nasdaq upgrade the speed and reliability of its CTCI data transmission environment, Nasdaq began the process in January 2001 of “sunsetting” its CTCI × .25/bisynch network in favor of a new network that provides greater capacity and a more efficient transmission protocol. The new CTCI network operates over the Enterprise Wide Network II (“EWN II”) and provides connectivity over more powerful 56kb and T1 data lines. In addition, the new CTCI network uses the industry-standard TCP/IP transmission protocol, a protocol that is robust, efficient, and well known among the technical community. In May 2002, Nasdaq completed the “sunsetting” process. All members and non-members that access Nasdaq through CTCI have now been transitioned to TCP/IP lines.

As an optional enhancement, Nasdaq will support the use of MQ Series software over the TCP/IP lines. MQ Series is a commercially available messaging product that provides firms with the ability to integrate disparate systems over a common application programming interface (“API”) messaging infrastructure. There are over 20 operating systems that are supported by MQ Series, including Windows, Solaris, Mac OS, and Linux. Firms that use MQ Series are able to establish networks with less effort, skill, and resources, thereby achieving a seamless interconnection of disparate communications systems, and can make use of a comprehensive family of APIs designed to make coding for any messaging task straightforward. The use of MQ Series by firms that link to Nasdaq through CTCI TCP/IP is entirely optional.

In order to support the use of MQ Series by firms, Nasdaq has expended, and must continue to expend, resources to license, install, and maintain the software. Moreover, the system resources required to use MQ Series increase with the size of the TCP/IP line with which it is used. Accordingly, Nasdaq believes that it is appropriate to charge firms that opt to use MQ Series a higher fee for lines that use the software than for comparable lines that Start Printed Page 44490do not. Fees for firms that do not use MQ Series remain unchanged.

2. Statutory Basis

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act, including Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,[5] which requires that the rules of the NASD provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the NASD operates or controls.

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

Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change will not result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

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

Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the NASD consents, the Commission will:

A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or

B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

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 NASD. All submissions should refer to file number SR-NASD-2002-83 and should be submitted by July 23, 2002.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[6]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  See June 19, 2002 letter from John M. Yetter, Assistant General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission (“Amendment No. 1”). In Amendment No. 1, Nasdaq completely deleted the text of the proposed rule language in the original filing, and provided new proposed rule text.

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4.  In a companion filing, SR-NASD-2002-82, Nasdaq proposes to make identical changes to the CTCI TCP/IP fees charged to members. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46111 (June 25, 2002).

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