On March 21, 2003, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (“NASD” or “Association”), 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”)  and rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change to modify the display charge associated with the use of the Nasdaq Workstation II Service (“Service”) by persons that are not NASD Members. Specifically, the proposal would provide a discount on each additional Service logon to subscribers with more than 150 logons. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on April 21, 2003. The Commission received no comments on the proposal.
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  and, in particular, the requirements of section 15A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of section 15A(b)(5) of the Act, because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system that NASD operates. Nasdaq has represented that it is proposing to modify the display charge to reflect the economies of scale realized when providing a subscriber with a large number of logons. Further, Nasdaq has already implemented a similar fee schedule for members. The Commission believes that the proposed fee discount on each additional Service logon to subscribers with more than 150 logons should assist in reducing costs incurred by all market participants using Nasdaq's systems and services.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-NASD-2003-48) be, and hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
3. The Commission notes that Nasdaq also submitted a separate proposed rule change, pursuant to section 19b(3)(A) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A), to modify this charge for NASD members. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47637 (April 7, 2003), 68 FR 17849 (April 11, 2003) (File No. SR-NASD-2003-47).Back to Citation
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).Back to Citation
8. See supra note 3.Back to Citation
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