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Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Regulatory Fees

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Start Preamble April 12, 2006.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on April 3, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or the “ISE”) 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. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[4] which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees to change its Regulatory Fees. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, at the Commission's Public Reference Room, and at the Exchange's Web site: http://www.iseoptions.com/​legal/​proposed_​rule_​changes.asp. Start Printed Page 20148

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.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

ISE currently charges a uniform regulatory fee of $3,500 on an annual basis to all its members regardless of whether they are a Primary Market Maker (“PMM”), a Competitive Market Maker (“CMM”) or an Electronic Access Member (“EAM”). The Exchange has determined that the cost of surveilling its members far exceeds the amount that is generated by the current fees. In order to partially bridge this gap, the Exchange proposes to increase these fees as follows: for PMMs, ISE proposes a fee of $7,500 for the first PMM membership; $1,500 for each additional PMM membership; and $1,000 for each CMM membership. For CMMs (who are not also PMMs), ISE proposes a fee of $5,000 for the first CMM membership and $1,000 for each additional CMM membership. Finally, for EAMs, ISE proposes a fee of $5,000 for each EAM membership. The Exchange estimates that its largest members will be impacted by a nominal increase in the range of $15,000-$18,000 per year. And while some members will be affected more than others, the Exchange believes the increase is justified as it enables ISE to partially recoup the expense incurred in fulfilling its regulatory responsibilities with respect to its members.

Under the proposed fee change, the amount of the regulatory fee is tiered, depending on whether the member is a PMM, a CMM or an EAM. The reason for the tiered structure is that the resources dedicated to surveilling the activities of a member vary on the type of membership. For example, the Exchange has rules that apply to a PMM that do not apply to a CMM or an EAM. These rules necessitate surveillance activities. Generally, PMMs are subject to more rules than CMMs are and CMMs are subject to more rules than EAMs are. As such, the Exchange believes that a tiered fee system is the most equitable method of assessing these fees.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(4) of the Act [5] which requires that an exchange have an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. In particular, these fees would permit the Exchange to partially recoup the expense incurred in fulfilling its regulatory responsibilities with respect to its members.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change does not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received from Members, Participants, or Others

The Exchange has not solicited, and does not intend to solicit, comments on this proposed rule change. The Exchange has not received any unsolicited written comments from members or other interested parties.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Because the foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [6] and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 [7] thereunder. 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.[8]

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:

Electronic Comment

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and

Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-ISE-2006-16. 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 Room. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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 No. SR-ISE-2006-16 and should be submitted on or before May 10, 2006.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[9]

Nancy M. Morris,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E6-5794 Filed 4-18-06; 8:45 am]

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