April 24, 2013.
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 April 19, 2013 The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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
NASDAQ is proposing a rule change to eliminate the free period for the Limit Up/Limit Down Band Lookup add-on service to TradeInfo under Rule 7015(f). The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed deletions are in brackets.
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7015. Access Services
The following charges are assessed by Nasdaq for connectivity to systems operated by NASDAQ, including the Nasdaq Market Center, the FINRA/NASDAQ Trade Reporting Facility, and FINRA's OTCBB Service. The following fees are not applicable to the NASDAQ Options Market LLC. For related options fees for Access Services refer to Chapter XV, Section 3 of the Options Rules.
(a)-(e) No change.
Members not subscribing to the Nasdaq Workstation using TradeInfo will be charged a fee of $95 per user per month.
A member firm that has a TradeInfo user subscription may subscribe to the Limit Up/Limit Down Band Lookup add-on service [at no cost beginning April 15, 2013 and] for a fee of $200 per user per month beginning May 1, 2013. The Limit Up/Limit Down Band Lookup Start Printed Page 25326add-on service provides a subscribing member firm with intraday and historical limit up/limit down price band information for individual securities that are subject to limit up/limit down price bands.
(g)-(h) No change.
* Eligible for 25% discount under the Qualified Market Maker Program during a pilot period expiring on April 30, 2013.
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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, NASDAQ 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 those 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 parts of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
NASDAQ is proposing to eliminate the free period of the recently-adopted 
Limit Up/Limit Down Band Lookup add-on service to TradeInfo due to technical issues discovered in the launch of the service. As a consequence of these issues, NASDAQ was unable to launch the service and must make changes to its software to enable members to subscribe. NASDAQ will offer the service beginning May 1, 2013, at which time the monthly fee will be assessed on subscribers consistent with the rule.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that its proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act 
in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) 
of the Act, in particular. The Exchange believes it is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facility or system which the Exchange operates or controls. NASDAQ is eliminating the period during which the service is available at no cost because it has encountered technical issues that prevent it from offering the service until May 1, 2013. NASDAQ is eliminating the free period for all member firms, and no member firms will have access to the service until it is offered on May 1, 2013, at which time the fee will apply. To date, no member firms have subscribed to the service, and as a consequence no member firms will be required to unsubscribe from the service. As such, the Exchange believes that the elimination of the free period is reasonable.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
NASDAQ does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended. NASDAQ notes that no member firms have subscribed to the service to date, and as a consequence no member firms will be affected by the elimination of the free period for the service. NASDAQ further notes that the member firms may access the information provided by the service through other means, so to the extent that there is a burden on competition resulting from the delay in offering the service, it is appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act, as amended.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
Written comments were neither solicited nor received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act,
and paragraph (f) 
of Rule 19b-4, thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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:
- 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-NASDAQ-2013-069. This file number should be included on the subject line if email 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 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices of NASDAQ. 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-NASDAQ-2013-069, and should be submitted on or before May 21, 2013.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2013-10103 Filed 4-29-13; 8:45 am]
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