Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on June 16, 2003, NSCC 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 NSCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change revises NSCC's fee schedule for the Initial Application Information (“APP”) feature of its Insurance Processing Service (“IPS”).
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NSCC 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. NSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.Start Printed Page 48431
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to adjust the fees that NSCC charges for the APP feature of its IPS. The effective date for the adjustment is (i) June 1, 2003, for changes resulting in a decrease in fees and (ii) July 1, 2003, for all other changes. The proposed rule change also establishes APP fees for members for whom settlement is not available. These fees are effective June 16, 2003.
The current fee for APP for member for whom settlement is available is as follows: 0 to 499 items per month, $5.00 per item; 500 to 1,249 items per month, $4.00 per item; 1,250 to 2,499 items per month, $2.00 per item; and for more than 2,499 items per month, $1.00 per item. Pursuant to this rule change, the new APP fees will be as follows: 0 to 1,999 items per month, $3.00 per item; 2,000 to 3,499 items per month, $2.00 per item and for more than 3,499 items per month, $1.00 per item. The fee for APP for members for whom settlement is not available will be: 0 to 1,999 items per month, $1.50 per item and for more than 1,999 items per month, $1.00 per item.
NSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder because it provides for the equitable allocation of dues, fees, and other charges among NSCC's participants.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NSCC 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
No written comments relating to the proposed rule change have been solicited or received. NSCC has notified participants who use IPS of the fee changes. NSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments it receives.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge of NSCC. At any time within sixty days of the filing of such rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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 5th Street NW., Washington, DC 20549-0069. Comments may also be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address: email@example.com. All comment letters should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-2003-13. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help us process and review comments more efficiently, comments should be sent in hardcopy or by e-mail but not by both methods. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the rule filing that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the rule filing between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at NSCC's principal office. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NSCC-2003-13 and should be submitted by September 3, 2003.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
2. The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by NSCC.Back to Citation
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