On August 15, 2005, Pacific Exchange, Inc. (n/k/a NYSE Arca, Inc.) (“NYSE Arca”)  filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed amendment to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.20. On May 26, 2006, NYSE Arca filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. On June 21, 2006, NYSE Arca filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change. The proposed rule change, as amended, was published for comment in the Federal Register on July 10, 2006. The Commission received no comments on the proposal. This order approves the proposed rule change, as amended.
The proposed amendment to NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.20 would replace the current text of Rule 9.20(b) with text that would require ETP Holders to participate in the national do-not-call registry maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and to follow applicable regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). The proposed amendment would make Rule 9.20(b) consistent with NYSE Rule 404A and requirements of FCC regulations applicable to broker-dealers engaged in telemarketing by including provisions concerning general telemarketing requirements, procedures, wireless communications, outsourcing telemarketing, pre-recorded messages, telephone facsimile or computer advertisements and caller identification. The amended rule would generally prohibit ETP Holders and their associated persons from making telemarketing calls to people who have registered with the national do-not-call registry. The amended rule also would set forth firm-specific do-not-call restrictions, time-of-day restrictions, and disclosure requirements similar to those contained in the current rule.
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 exchange. In particular, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, which requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange be designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and national market system, and in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is designed to accomplish these ends by requiring ETP Holders and their associated persons to observe time-of-day restrictions on telephone solicitations, maintain firm-specific do-not-call lists, and refrain from initiating telephone solicitations to investors and other members of the public who have registered their telephone numbers on the national do-not-call registry. The Commission also believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, establishes adequate procedures to prevent ETP Holders and their associated persons from making telephone solicitations to do-not-call registrants, which should have the effect of protecting investors by enabling persons who do not want to receive telephone solicitations from members or member organizations to receive the protections of the national do-not-call registry, while providing appropriate exceptions to the rule's restrictions, which should promote just and equitable principles of trade.
It Is Therefore Ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR-PCX-2005-97), as amended, be and is hereby approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Nancy M. Morris,
1. On March 6, 2006, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. filed a rule proposal, effective upon filing, to amend its rules to reflect these name changes: from Pacific Exchange, Inc. to NYSE Arca, Inc.; from PCX Equities, Inc. to NYSE Arca Equities, Inc.; from PCX Holdings, Inc., to NYSE Arca Holdings, Inc.; and from the Archipelago Exchange, L.L.C. to NYSE Arca, L.L.C. See File No. SR-PCX-2006-24 (March 6, 2006).Back to Citation
4. In Amendment No. 1, NYSE Arca partially amended the text of proposed amended NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.20 and made conforming and technical changes to the original filing.Back to Citation
5. In Amendment No. 2, NYSE Arca made additional changes to the text of proposed amended NYSE Arca Equities Rule 9.20 and to the original filing.Back to Citation
6. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 54079 (June 30, 2006), 71 FR 38957 (July 10, 2006) (this notice listed an incorrect filing date for the initial proposal).Back to Citation
7. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered whether the proposed rule change will promote efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E6-13241 Filed 8-11-06; 8:45 am]
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