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Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change and Amendments No. 1 and 2 Thereto Relating to Market Data Revenue Rebates

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Start Preamble May 8, 2007.

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 11, 2007, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (“Exchange” or “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 substantially prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change on April 23, 2007, and Amendment No. 2 on May 3, 2007. The ISE filed this proposed rule change which establishes dues, fees or other charges among its members pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) [4] thereunder, and, as such, it has become 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 ISE is proposing to amend its Schedule of Fees relating to its sharing of market data revenues. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the ISE, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://www.iseoptions.com/​legal/​proposed_​rule_​changes.asp.

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

The purpose of this proposed rule change is to amend the Exchange's Schedule of Fees to clarify that while the Exchange will continue to rebate back to Equity Electronic Access Members (“EAMs”) fifty percent (50%) of its market data revenues, it will now do so based on the Allocation Amendment of Regulation NMS enacted under the Act—i.e., allocated by quoting shares and trading shares.[5] The Exchange will be retroactively applying this formula to market data revenues rebated back to Equity EAMs as of April 1, 2007.

Currently, the ISE rebates back fifty percent (50%) of the market data revenue received by the Exchange to Equity EAMs that are the liquidity providers on trades executed in the displayed market. The Allocation Amendment of Regulation NMS modifies the existing formulas for allocating revenues to the SRO participants, namely, introducing: (1) “Quoting Shares”—the allocation of revenues based on the extent to which automated quotations displayed by SROs equal the national best bid or offer in NMS stocks; and (2) implementing a new calculation method for allocating revenue based on “Trade Shares.” Under this new formula fifty percent (50%) of revenues will be allocated for Quoting Shares and fifty percent (50%) will be allocated for Trading Shares. Accordingly, the Exchange seeks to continue to rebate back to the Equity EAMs fifty percent (50%) of market data revenue the Exchange receives, but to allocate rebates based on this new formula—i.e., the ISE will rebate to Equity EAMs, on a symbol basis, fifty percent (50%) of the Trading Share revenue received for that symbol and fifty percent (50%) of the Quoting Share revenue for that symbol.

2. Statutory Basis

The basis under the Act for this proposed rule change is the requirement under Section 6(b)(4) [6] that an exchange have an equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges Start Printed Page 27160among its members and other persons using its facilities.

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

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

The foregoing proposed rule change has become effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [7] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[8] in that the proposed rule change establishes or changes a member due, fee, or other charge imposed by the self-regulatory organization. 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:

Electronic Comments

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 Number SR-ISE-2007-24. 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 should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ISE-2007-24 and should be submitted on or before June 4, 2007.

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

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

3.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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5.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 53828 (May 18, 2006) (order exempting self-regulatory organizations (“SROs”) from compliance with the Allocation Amendment until April 1, 2007).

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7.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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8.  17 CFR 240.19, 240.19b-4(f)(2).

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[FR Doc. E7-9178 Filed 5-11-07; 8:45 am]

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