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Self Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change and Amendment Nos. 1, 2, and 5 Thereto by the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., Relating to Charges for ViewSuite Services Set Forth in NASD Rule 7010(q)

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On July 17, 2003, 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-6 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to institute a pilot program for a one-year period to simplify the structure of the fees assessed for the ViewSuite products under NASD Rule 7010(q), by combining the current DepthView, PowerView, and TotalView products into one single entitlement package. On August 11, 2003, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 1 that entirely replaced the original rule filing.[3]

The proposed rule change, as amended by Amendment No. 1, was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 21, 2003.[4] The Commission received no comments on the proposal. On September 22, 2003, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change.[5] On September 24, 2003, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. Start Printed Page 579463 to the proposed rule change.[6] On September 26, 2003, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 4.[7] On September 29, 2003, Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 5.[8]

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities association.[9] The Commission finds that the proposal is consistent with Section 15A of the Act [10] in general, and with Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,[11] in particular, in that the proposal 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 the NASD operates or controls. The Commission notes that the pilot ViewSuite entitlement program is available to all subscribers of the ViewSuite products. All subscribers would pay a single price for the entitlement package. Thus, for most of ViewSuite's current subscribers, the ViewSuite monthly controlled device fees would be lower than what they are currently paying. The only exception would be for current DepthView professional subscribers, whose fees would increase $20 per month. The increased monthly fee for DepthView professional subscribers, however, is due to the fact that the new single ViewSuite entitlement includes NQDS data, which cannot be discounted by Nasdaq.[12]

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[13] that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-NASD-2003-111), as amended, be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[14]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See Letter from Mary M. Dunbar, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation (“Division”), Commission, dated August 8, 2003 (“Amendment No. 1”).

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48358 (August 15, 2003), 68 FR 50566 (August 21, 2003).

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5.  See Letter from Mary M. Dunbar, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated September 17, 2003 (“Amendment No. 2”). In Amendment No. 2, Nasdaq stated that it was changing the starting date of the proposed pilot to October 1, 2003. This is a technical amendment and is not subject to notice and comment.

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6.  See Letter from Eleni Constantine, Office of General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated September 24, 2003 (“Amendment No. 3”). In Amendment No. 3, Nasdaq amended the rule text of the proposal to clarify that the starting date of the proposed pilot is October 1, 2003.

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7.  See Letter from Eleni Constantine, Office of General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated September 25, 2003 (“Amendment No. 4”). Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 4 to correct typographical errors made in Amendment No. 3. Amendment No. 4 completely replaced and superseded Amendment No. 3.

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8.  See Letter from Eleni Constantine, Office of General Counsel, Nasdaq, to Katherine A. England, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated September 29, 2003 (“Amendment No. 5”). Nasdaq filed Amendment No. 5 to correct typographical errors made in Amendment No. 4. Amendment No. 5 completely replaced and superseded Amendment Nos. 3 and 4. This is a technical amendment and is not subject to notice and comment.

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

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12.  Nasdaq has represented that the increase in Depth View pricing reflects the addition of NQDS, which cannot be discounted because it is part of the Nasdaq UTP Plan. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48358 (August 15, 2003), 68 FR 50566 (August 21, 2003).

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[FR Doc. 03-25340 Filed 10-6-03; 8:45 am]

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