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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. 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 August 15, 2002.

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”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to establish fees for non-members for the use of Computer-to-Computer Interface Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol lines that use Message Queue Series (“MQ Series”) software. The proposed rule change was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on July 2, 2002.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities association [4] and, in particular, the requirements of section 15A(b)(5),[5] which requires the rules of a national securities association to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility which the association operates or controls. The Commission believes Nasdaq's decision to charge firms that opt to use MQ Series a higher fee for lines that use the software than for comparable lines that do not, and to leave the existing fees unchanged for firms that do not use MQ Series, is reasonable.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act [6] , that the proposed rule change (SR-NASD-2002-83) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46112 (June 25, 2002), 67 FR 44488.

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4.  In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 02-21325 Filed 8-20-02; 8:45 am]