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Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on June 30, 2006, the International Securities Exchange, Inc. (“ISE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Start Printed Page 38921Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the ISE. The proposed rule change has been filed by the ISE as effecting a change in an existing order-entry or trading system pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act, and Rule 19b-4(f)(5) thereunder, 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 extend the pilot period for the system change that identifies to a Directed Market Maker (“DMM”) the identity of the firm entering a Directed Order until September 30, 2006.
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 ISE 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 ISE 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
On January 5, 2006, the ISE initiated a system change to identify to a DMM the identity of the firm entering a Directed Order. The ISE filed this system change on a pilot basis under section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(5) thereunder  so that it would be effective while the Commission considered a separate proposed rule change filed under section 19(b)(2) of the Act to amend the ISE's rules to reflect the system change on a permanent basis (the “Permanent Rule Change”). The pilot currently expires on June 30, 2006, but the Commission has not yet taken action with respect to the Permanent Rule Change. Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to extend the pilot until September 30, 2006, so that the system change will remain in effect while the Commission continues to evaluate the Permanent Rule Change.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the basis under the Act is found in section 6(b)(5), in that the propose rule change is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. Extension of the pilot program will allow the Exchange to remain competitive with the Boston Options Exchange (“BOX”), which operates a directed orders program that discloses the identity of an entering firm to the BOX directed market maker.
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 proposed rule change effects a change in an existing order entry or trading system that (i) does not significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) does not impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) does not have the effect of limiting access to or availability of the system, it has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(5) thereunder.
At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 email@example.com. Please include File No. SR-ISE-2006-35 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2006-35. 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 such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the ISE.
All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You Start Printed Page 38922should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2006-35 and should be submitted on or before July 31, 2006.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.11
Nancy M. Morris,
5. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53104 (Jan. 11, 2006), 71 FR 3142 (Jan. 19, 2006) (Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness for SR-ISE-2006-02).Back to Citation
6. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53103 (Jun. 11, 2006), 71 FR 3144 (Jan. 19, 2006) (Notice of Filing for SR-ISE-2006-01).Back to Citation
7. The ISE anticipated that extension of the pilot might be necessary and included this in the filing for the initial pilot. See supra note 3, at footnote 5.Back to Citation
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