Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice hereby is given that on April 1, 2004, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CHX” or “Exchange”) 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 by the Exchange. On April 29, 2004, the Exchange filed an amendment to the proposed rule change. The CHX has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the CHX under section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend its membership dues and fees schedule (the “Fee Schedule”) to charge member firms the costs associated with each firm's use of the Exchange's enhanced e-mail and instant messaging retention system. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Commission and the CHX.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange 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 Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. Start Printed Page 26630
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange is implementing an enhanced e-mail and instant messaging retention system that will be used to retain messages of its on-floor members who use e-mail and instant messaging functionalities provided or supported by the Exchange. This retention system is designed to help the Exchange's members better meet their record retention obligations and can be used by the Exchange to conduct reviews of member e-mail and instant messaging correspondence.
The proposed rule change would charge member firms the costs associated with each firm's use of the retention system. Specifically, the proposal would bill firms a monthly fee of $25 per mailbox and would impose additional charges if the members request off-line optical disks so that they can have a copy of the electronic correspondence captured by the Exchange. These additional fees would be $200 for each 5.2GB optical disk and $300 for each 9.1GB optical disk.
These fee changes take effect immediately and will be billed to firms when the enhanced e-mail retention system is activated for their on-floor members.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act, in general and Section 6(b)(4) of the Act, in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments Regarding the Proposed Rule Change Received from Members, Participants or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act, and Rule 19b-4(f)(2)  thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee or other charge imposed by the Exchange. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed 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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-CHX-2004-13 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CHX-2004-13. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 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 20549-0609. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the CHX. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CHX-2004-13 and should be submitted on or before June 3, 2004.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
J. Lynn Taylor,
3. See letter from Ellen Neely, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CHX, to Nancy J. Sanow, Assistant Director, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated April 28, 2004 (“Amendment No. 1”). Amendment No. 1 replaces and supersedes the original proposed rule change in its entirety. For purposes of calculating the 60-day abrogation period, the Commission considers the period to have commenced on April 29, 2004, the date the CHX filed Amendment No. 1. See Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).Back to Citation
5. The Exchange currently does not charge its members for any e-mail or instant messaging services.Back to Citation
6. The system is designed to give member firm compliance staff on-line access to retained messages; this optical disk fee will only apply if a firm requests an off-line copy of the messages.Back to Citation
11. 17 CFR.200.30-3(a)(12).Back to Citation
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