Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on January 28, 2010, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” or the “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 CBOE. 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 the Proposed Rule Change
Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) proposes to amend its Fees Schedule relating to co-location service fees. The text of the proposed rule change is availableon the Exchange's Web site (http://www.cboe.org/legal), at the Exchange's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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. CBOE 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
For a monthly fee, the Exchange provides members with cabinet space in CBOE's building for placement of network and server hardware. The fee is Start Printed Page 6765$10 per month per “U” of shelf space (which is equal to 1.75 inches). A member also receives power, cooling, security and assistance with installation and connection of the equipment to the Exchange's servers, at no additional charge. This “co-location service” provides members with close physical proximity to the Exchange's electronic trading system, which helps meet their need for high performance processing and low latency.
The co-location service is available to any member that requests the service and pays the monthly fee. The Exchange believes that for the foreseeable future it has sufficient space to accommodate all members who may request the co-location service. Other than the co-location service, the Exchange does not provide any co-locating member with any advantage over any other co-locating member or any non-co-locating member with respect to access to the Exchange's trading system. The Exchange's systems are designed to minimize, to the extent possible, any advantage for one member over another. The foregoing statements apply equally to both inbound and outbound data.
The Exchange proposes to clarify its Fees Schedule relating to co-location fees in a couple of respects. First, the Exchange proposes to move the co-location fees from Section 17 of the Fees Schedule (Hybrid Fees) to Section 8 (Facility Fees) because these fees are more accurately described as facility fees. Second, the Exchange proposes to clarify that the co-location fees are charged in increments of 4 “U” (which is equal to 7 inches) because the cabinet space is available in 4 U increments.
2. Statutory Basis
By clarifying the Exchange's fees for its co-location service and providing a fuller description of the service, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(4)  of the Act in particular, in that it is designed to provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and other persons using its facilities. In addition, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5)  of the Act in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of purposes of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve such proposed rule change, or
(B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
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 Number SR-CBOE-2010-008 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2010-008. 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 Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such 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 Number SR-CBOE-2010-008 and should be submitted on or before March 3, 2010.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Florence E. Harmon,
3. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57191 (January 24, 2008), 73 FR 5611 (January 30, 2008). The fee for a Sponsored User is $20 per month per “U”. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58189 (July 18, 2008), 73 FR 43274 (July 24, 2008).Back to Citation
4. A member using the co-location service may also pay certain CBOEdirect Connectivity Charges that are set forth in Section 16 of the Fees Schedule. These fees are charged for member connectivity to CBOEdirect regardless of whether or not a member is using the co-location service. These fees include a $40 per month “CMi Application Server” fee for server hardware used to connect to the CBOE CMi API, a $40 per month “Network Access Port” fee for use of the CMi API and a $40 per month “FIX Port” fee for use of the FIX API. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57191, supra footnote 1. Each of the foregoing fees are $80 per month for a Sponsored User. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 58189, supra footnote 1.Back to Citation
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