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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Depository Trust Company; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Eliminate the FAST Certificates-on-Demand Service

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Start Preamble November 5, 2002.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on September 4, 2002, The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) 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 primarily by the DTC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.

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

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to eliminate the FAST Certificate-on-Demand (“FAST COD”) service.

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

In its filing with the Commission, DTC 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. The DTC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[2]

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

Currently DTC's FAST COD service allows participants to request for same day availability a physical certificate in the participants' or its nominee's name for issues which are held in DTC's nominee name, Cede & Co., at the transfer agent under DTC's FAST program. After consultation with the largest users of the service, DTC is proposing to eliminate the FAST COD service due to decreasing demand for the service. Currently there is an average of approximately five FAST COD requests per day. In the place of FAST COD, participants may continue to use the Rush Withdrawals-by-Transfer (“RWT”) service [3] or the Deposit/Withdrawal at Custodian (“DWAC”) service.[4] RWT allows participants to quickly obtain physical certificates, which can be registered in either the participant's name or its customer's name. Using DWAC, participants can request certificates in client name directly from the transfer agents.

DTC believes that the proposed rule filing is consistent with section 17A of the Act because it will eliminate a little-used service but will retain functionally similar services thereby promoting the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

DTC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact on or impose a burden on competition.

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

DTC consulted orally with the largest users of the FAST COD service and circulated an Important Notice to Participants, which invited public comment on this proposal.[5] DTC has received no written comment on the proposed rule change.

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

Within thirty-five 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 ninety 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 self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: Start Printed Page 68710

(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 Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the DTC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-DTC-2002-15 and should be submitted by December 3, 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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2.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by the DTC.

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3.  For more information about the RWT service, see Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 30505 (March 20, 1992) [SR-DTC-91-23](order approving implementation of the RWT service on permanent basis); 27518 (December 7, 1989)(order granting temporary extension of the RWT service); 26960 (June 23, 1989) [SR-DTC-89-11] (order granting approval of the RWT service procedures); 27052 (July 21, 1989) [SR-DTC-89-1] (order granting temporary approval of the RWT service).

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4.  For more information about the DWAC service, see Securities Exchange Release No. 30283 (January 23, 1992) [SR-DTC-91-16] (order granting approval of the DWAC service).

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5.  Important Notice to Participants #3624 is available through the Commission's Public Reference Room or through DTC.

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[FR Doc. 02-28654 Filed 11-8-02; 8:45 am]