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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change by the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (“ISE”) Relating to Pilot Fee Waivers

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Start Preamble December 2, 2002.

On October 3, 2002, the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (“ISE”) 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 waive certain fees on a pilot basis. The proposed rule change, as amended, would waive the following fees through May 31, 2003: firm proprietary execution fees for trading in the ISE Block Mechanism; firm proprietary execution fees for all trades on options on the iShares S&P 100 Index Fund; and the $.10 licensing surcharge fee for all firm proprietary trades in options on the iShares S&P 100 Index Fund. The ISE filed an amendment to the proposed rule change on October 9, 2002.[3] The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for notice and comment in the Federal Register on October 28, 2002.[4] 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 exchange [5] and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6 of the Act [6] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission believes that the proposed fee waivers, to be effective until May 31, 2003, are reasonable.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act [7] , that the proposed rule change, as amended (SR-ISE-2002-22), be, and hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See letter from Michael J. Simon, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ISE, to Nancy Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, SEC, dated October 8, 2002, and attachment (“Amendment No. 1”). In Amendment No. 1, the ISE proposes to correct the rule text of the proposed rule change to clarify that the pilot period for the fee waivers would end on May 31, 2003.

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4.  Securities Exchange Act Release No. 46698 (October 21, 2002), 67 FR 65818.

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5.  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. 02-30915 Filed 12-5-02; 8:45 am]