April 1, 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 March 28, 2014, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (“BX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the 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 the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to modify the extranet access fee (“Extranet Access Fee”) set forth in BX Rule 7025. BX will implement the proposed revised fee on April 1, 2014.Start Printed Page 19130
The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is italicized; proposed deletions are bracketed.
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7025. Extranet Access Fee
Extranet providers that establish a connection with the Exchange to offer direct access connectivity to market data feeds shall [not] be assessed a monthly access fee of $750 per client organization Customer Premises Equipment (“CPE”) Configuration. For purposes of this Rule 7025, the term “Customer Premises Equipment Configuration” shall mean any line, circuit, router package, or other technical configuration used by an extranet provider to provide a direct access connection to the Exchange market data feeds to a recipient's site. No extranet access fee will be charged for connectivity to market data feeds containing only consolidated data. For purposes of this rule, consolidated data includes data disseminated by the UTP SIP.
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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, 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
The Exchange is proposing to impose an Extranet Access Fee as set forth in BX Rule 7025. BX Rule 7025 currently does not include a monthly access fee per recipient Customer Premises Equipment (“CPE”) Configuration.
Specifically, the Exchange proposes to charge a $750 per recipient CPE Configuration per month.
As discussed in a recent filing,
initially an Extranet Access Fee of $750 per recipient CPE Configuration per month was put in place in 2009,
but the service was provided for free during the first year of operation of the Exchange's venue for trading cash equities. At the end of the one-year period, the initial fee of $750 per recipient CPE Configuration per month remained in place, but it inadvertently was never billed.
Subsequently, the Exchange filed to increase the fee of $750 per recipient CPE Configuration per month to $1,000.
Shortly after increasing the fee, the Exchange discovered that the Extranet Access Fee had never been billed so the Exchange determined to file and to eliminate the fee [sic]. The Exchange believed that since recipients had yet to actually pay an Extranet Access Fee, it would be burdensome for recipients to start-off paying $1,000 per recipient CPE Configuration per month. However, the Exchange has now had the necessary time to assess the need for the Extranet Access Fee and determined that it cannot completely absorb its costs associated with maintaining multiple extranet connections with multiple providers. Accordingly, the Exchange now seeks to charge recipients the fee originally proposed in 2009 of $750 per recipient CPE Configuration per month.
As stated above, this fee increase will be used to help support the Exchange's costs associated with maintaining multiple extranet connections with multiple providers. These costs include those associated with overhead and technology infrastructure, administrative, maintenance and operational costs. Since the inception of accessing data through extranets, there had been numerous network infrastructure improvements and administrative controls enacted. The Exchange has additionally implemented compressed TCP/IP options, which allows customers to use reduced bandwidth and [sic] lower carrying costs. Additionally, the Exchange has implemented automated retransmission facilities for most of its data clients that benefit extranet clients by reducing operational costs associated with retransmissions.
As the number of extranets has increased, the Exchange's management of the downstream customers has expanded and the Exchange has had to ensure appropriate reporting and review processes, which has resulted in a greater cost burden on the Exchange over time. The fee will also help to ensure that the Exchange is better able to closely review reports and uncover reporting errors via audits thus minimizing reporting issues. The network infrastructure has increased in order to keep pace with the increased number of products, which, in turn, has caused an increased administrative burden and higher operational costs associated with delivery via extranets.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,
in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,
in particular, in that 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.
All similarly situated extranet providers, including the Exchange operating its own extranet, that establish an extranet connection with the Exchange to access market data feeds from the Exchange are subject to the same fee structure. As noted above, this fee is the same as the originally proposed Extranet Access Fee in 2009 of $750 per recipient CPE Configuration per month. The fee will help the Exchange offset some of the overhead and technology infrastructure, administrative, maintenance and operational costs it incurs in support of the service.
As such, the Exchange believes that the proposed fee is reasonable and notes it is the same as originally proposed in 2009. The extranet costs are separate and different from the colocation facility that is able to recoup these fees by charging for servers, rack space, electricity, etc. within the associated data centers.
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 fee will be applied uniformly among extranet providers, which are not compelled to establish a connection Start Printed Page 19131with the Exchange to offer access connectivity to market data feeds. For these reasons, any burden arising from the fees is necessary in the interest of promoting the equitable allocation of a reasonable fee. Additionally, firms make decisions on how much and what types of data to consume on the basis of the total cost of interacting with the Exchange or other exchanges and, of course, the extranet access fee is but one factor in a total platform analysis.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act.
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 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 Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BX-2014-015. 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 the 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-BX-2014-015 and should be submitted on or before April 28, 2014.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2014-07638 Filed 4-4-14; 8:45 am]
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