January 2, 2014.
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 December 23, 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 and II 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes a proposed rule change to further describe the application of fees assessed pursuant to Rule 7030(d)(1)(C).
The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is italicized. Proposed deletions are in brackets.
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7030. Other Services
(a)-(c) No change.
(d) Nasdaq Testing Facilities
Nasdaq operates two testing environments. One is located in Ashburn, Virginia and the other in Carteret, New Jersey. Unless otherwise noted, reference to the “Nasdaq Testing Facility” or “NTF” applies to both environments.
(1) The following fees are assessed for access to the Nasdaq Testing Facility:
(A) Subscribers that conduct tests of the computer-to-computer interface (CTCI) and the Financial Information Exchange (FIX) interface to ACT and ACES access protocols through the Nasdaq Testing Facility (NTF) shall pay the following charges:
|$285/hour||For Active Connection testing during the normal operating hours of the NTF;|
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|No Charge||For Idle Connection testing;|
|$333/hour||For Active Connection testing at all times other than the normal operating hours of the NTF.|
(B) Subscribers that conduct tests of all Nasdaq access protocol connections not included in paragraph (A) above or of market data vendor feeds through the Nasdaq Testing Facility shall pay $300 per port, per month.
(C) Subscribers to the Nasdaq Testing Facility located in Carteret, New Jersey shall pay a fee of $1,000 per hand-off, per month for connection to the NTF. The hand-off fee includes either a 1Gb or 10Gb switch port and a cross connect to the NTF. Subscribers shall also pay a one-time installation fee of $1,000 per hand-off, which is waived for all installations ordered prior to March 31, 2014.
The connectivity provided under this rule also provides connectivity to the other test environments of NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. and NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC.
(2)-(6) No change.
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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
The Exchange is proposing to amend the Rule 7030(d) to more fully describe the application of the newly-adopted fee 
assessed for direct connectivity to the Testing Facility 
test environment located in Carteret, New Jersey (“Carteret”). The Testing Facility provides subscribers with a virtual Exchange System test environment that closely approximates the production environment and on which they may test their automated systems that integrate with the Exchange. The Exchange recently developed a test environment located in Carteret that provides Exchange equity trade testing functionality. The new test environment was developed together with equity test environments of the Exchange's sister exchanges, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. and NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC, also located at Carteret, New Jersey (collectively with NASDAQ, the “Equity Markets”).
The Exchange is proposing to add language to Rule 7030(d)(1)(C) that was erroneously omitted when the fee was originally adopted.
The new rule text explains that a firm that is a member of more than one of the Equity Markets may access the test environments of each of the Equity Markets of which it is a member through a single connectivity subscription under the rule. The Exchange notes that each of the Equity Markets has identical installation and hand-off fees for Carteret connectivity and these fees relate to the physical connection to the hardware infrastructure that houses all three test environments of the Equity Markets. Members of the Equity Markets must separately pay port fees to connect to the individual test environments of the Equity Markets of which it is a member within the hardware infrastructure housing them.
Therefore, a firm that is a member of multiple Equity Markets is not charged the Carteret connectivity fees for a hand-off under each of the identical rules of such markets, but rather is assessed a single market's Carteret connectivity fees. Consequently, a member firm of NASDAQ using the Carteret test environment may be assessed the connectivity fees under another Equity Markets' rules of which it is a member, yet pay the NASDAQ port fee to connect to the Exchange's test environment. Similarly, a member firm may subscribe to Carteret connectivity under NASDAQ Rule 7030(d)(1)(C) and not have an obligation to pay the same fee under the rules of the other Equity Markets of which it is a member, but have an obligation to pay those markets' port fees. The Exchange notes that, in adopting the identical fee for Carteret connectivity, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. included rule text consistent with the rule text proposed herein.
Accordingly, the Exchange is adding rule text to Rule 7030(d)(1)(C) to reflect that the connectivity provided by the rule also provides access to the test environments of NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. and NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC.
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)(5) of the Act,
in particular. The Exchange believes the proposal furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act 
in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to 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 and is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customer, issuers, brokers and dealers. The Exchange is proposing to add clarifying language to the rule, which was erroneously omitted when the rule was adopted and further describes the application of the rule. Moreover, the proposed new rule text is consistent with the identical rule of BX and how fees are assessed under that rule. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that it is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest to avoid potential market participant confusion that may be caused by the omission of the proposed rule text.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange 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. The proposed rule change clarifies how fees will be assessed to a firm that is a member of more than one of the Equity Markets and makes clear that a member firm may gain access to the test environments of the other Equity Markets through a subscription under the rule. Members of multiple Equity Markets are assessed the same fee for Carteret connectivity and must pay the port fees of each of the Equity Markets to gain access to such markets' test environments. As a consequence, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change is impactful to competition in any respect.Start Printed Page 1412
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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 
and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
thereunder. Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 
and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.
A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),
the Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest.
The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay. The Exchange notes that such waiver will allow the Exchange to immediately add language to its rule text that was incorrectly omitted from a previous rule change, thereby clarifying its rules and avoiding potential market participant confusion.
The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest as the proposal is designed to avoid potential investor confusion regarding the Exchange's rules and provide clarification to the public. For these reasons, the Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposal operative upon filing.
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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or 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:
- 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-2013-164. 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, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 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 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-NASDAQ-2013-164, and should be submitted on or before January 29, 2014.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19
Kevin M. O'Neill,
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