Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Related to Non-NASD Member Broker/Dealer Access to Nasdaq's Brut and INET Facilities, 30209-30211 [E6-7996]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 101 / Thursday, May 25, 2006 / Notices the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office 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–2006–010 and should be submitted on or before June 15, 2006. cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change After careful consideration, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.14 In particular, the Commission believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,15 which requires that the rules of an exchange provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using its facilities. National securities exchanges obtain funds to pay their Section 31 fees to the Commission by charging fees to broker-dealers who generate the covered sales on which Section 31 fees are based. An exchange can obtain most of these funds by imposing a fee on one of its members whenever the member is on the sell side of a transaction. However, when the exchange accepts an ITS commitment to buy, the ultimate seller is a party on another market. The exchange lacks the ability to pass a fee to that seller directly, because the seller may not be a member of the exchange. Under the proposed arrangement, which has been adopted by each of the ITS participant exchanges other than NASD,16 the exchange that routed the ITS commitment away will continue to collect a fee from the broker-dealer that placed the sell order. Then, with respect to each ITS participant exchange, the exchange will determine whether it is a net sender or net receiver of ITS trades and send fees to or accept fees from each other exchange accordingly. The Commission believes this is an equitable manner for the exchanges to obtain 14 In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered its impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 15 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 16 See letter from George W. Mann, Jr., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, BSE, and Chairman, Subcommittee, to Michael Gaw, Assistant Director, Division, Commission, dated September 29, 2005. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 May 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 funds to pay their Section 31 fees on covered sales resulting from ITS trades. Under Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,17 the Commission may not approve any proposed rule change prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of the notice of filing thereof, unless the Commission finds good cause for so doing. The Commission hereby finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the thirtieth day after publishing notice of filing thereof in the Federal Register. In this case, the Commission does not believe a comment period is necessary because all of the parties affected by the proposed fee—the other ITS participant exchanges—have already adopted the same fee arrangement.18 For the reasons set forth above, the Commission finds good cause to accelerate approval of the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR–NASDAQ– 2006–010) is hereby approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7990 Filed 5–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53838; File No. SR–NASD– 2006–059] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Related to Non-NASD Member Broker/Dealer Access to Nasdaq’s Brut and INET Facilities May 18, 2006. 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 May 1, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock 17 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 18 See supra note 16. 19 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30209 Market, Inc. (‘‘Nasdaq’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. On May 16, 2006, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 Nasdaq filed the proposed rule change, as amended, as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ rule change under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act,4 which renders the proposal 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 Nasdaq proposes to continue the participation of broker-dealers that are non-NASD members in Nasdaq’s Brut and INET systems through the earlier of July 1, 2006, or the date Nasdaq becomes operational as a national securities exchange for the particular types of securities traded by those nonmembers in Nasdaq’s INET and Brut systems. Nasdaq would implement the proposed rule change immediately. The text of the proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics. Proposed deletions are in [brackets]. 4901. Definitions (a) through (h) No change. (i) The term ‘‘Participant’’ shall mean an NASD member that fulfills the obligations contained in Rule 4902 regarding participation in the System. [Until May 1, 2006] [t]The term ‘‘Participant’’ shall also include nonNASD broker/dealers that desire to use the System and otherwise meet all other requirements for System participation. Non-NASD member broker/dealers shall have access to System until the earlier of either July 1, 2006, or the date that Nasdaq becomes operational as a national securities exchange for the particular class of securities traded by the non-NASD member. (j) through (w) No Change * * * * * 4952. System Participant Registration (a) Participation in INET requires current registration with the System and is conditioned upon the Participant’s 3 In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange clarified in the purpose section the number of non-member broker-dealers with access to the Brut and INET systems. In addition, Nasdaq requested waivers of the 5-day notice and 30-day pre-operative delay contained in Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act. 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 30210 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 101 / Thursday, May 25, 2006 / Notices initial and continuing compliance with the following requirements: (1)–(5) No Change. (6) In addition to the above, [on or before May 1, 2006,] all System Participants shall be members of the Association. Exception: Non-NASD member broker/dealers shall have access to System until the earlier of either July 1, 2006, or the date that Nasdaq becomes operational as a national securities exchange for the particular class of securities traded by the non-NASD member. * * * * * 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, as amended, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change, as amended. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Nasdaq states that, under current rules, broker-dealers that are not members of the NASD may use the Brut and INET systems until May 1, 2006. Nasdaq is proposing to modify this provision so as to allow non-NASD member broker-dealers to use the Brut and INET systems until the earlier of either July 1, 2006, or the date that Nasdaq becomes operational as a national securities exchange for the particular class of securities traded by the non-member. Nasdaq believes that this division of dates upon which nonNASD members must be members of the Nasdaq exchange in order to continue to use Nasdaq’s trading facilities is necessary because Nasdaq plans to become operational as an exchange in two phases with the first involving only Nasdaq securities, with a second later phase for securities listed by other exchanges. Under the proposal, nonNASD members trading Nasdaq-listed securities would be required to be a Nasdaq exchange member to continue to trade Nasdaq securities in Brut and INET on the date that Nasdaq becomes operational as exchange for Nasdaq issues, while entities trading other VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 May 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 exchange-listed securities would be allowed continued access to the Brut and INET systems for that trading until such time as Nasdaq becomes operational as an exchange for nonNasdaq issues. Nasdaq states that in neither scenario would non-NASD member access to the Brut and INET systems extend beyond July 1, 2006 without a further Commission-approved extension. Nasdaq states that this extension is intended to allow these non-NASD member broker-dealers to have continued access to Brut and INET while they take actions to become members of the recently-approved Nasdaq exchange. Nasdaq notes that only 44 non-NASD member broker dealers currently have access to its Brut and INET systems (4 in the Brut system and 40 in the INET system) and, as before, Nasdaq commits not to allow any additional non-NASD brokerdealers access during this extension period.5 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the provisions of Section 15A of the Act,6 in general, and with Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,7 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and to remove impediments to a free and open market and a national market system. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, will result in 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 Nasdaq states that written comments were neither solicited nor received with respect to the proposed rule change, as amended. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change, as amended, 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 after the date of filing (or such shorter time 5 See Amendment No. 1, supra note 3. U.S.C. 78o–3. 7 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(5). 6 15 PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest), the proposed rule change, as amended, has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 8 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.9 A proposed rule change filed under 19b–4(f)(6) normally may not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.10 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) 11 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Nasdaq has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day preoperative delay and the five-day prefiling notice requirement and designate the proposed rule change, as amended, to become effective upon filing. Nasdaq believes that waivers of such periods will allow continued uninterrupted access to the Brut and INET systems for non-NASD broker dealers in the period of time immediately preceding Nasdaq’s operation as an exchange. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day pre-operative delay and the fiveday pre-filing notice requirement is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest because it would facilitate the orderly transition of Nasdaq to a national securities exchange, thus removing impediments to a free and open market and a national market system. For the reasons stated above, the Commission designates the proposal, as amended, to become effective and operative on May 1, 2006.12 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 the furtherance of the purposes of the Act.13 8 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 10 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 11 Id. 12 For purposes only of accelerating the operative date of this proposal, the Commission has considered the impact of the proposed rule on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 13 The effective date of the original proposed rule change is May 1, 2006, and the effective date of Amendment No. 1 is May 16, 2006. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposal, the Commission considers the period to commence on May 16, 2006, the date on which the Exchange submitted Amendment No. 1. 9 17 E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 101 / Thursday, May 25, 2006 / Notices IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NASD–2006–059 on the subject line. Paper Comments cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.14 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7996 Filed 5–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53826; File No. SR–NYSE– 2005–90] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 To Allow Certain Institutional Customers To Elect Not To Receive Account Statements May 18, 2006. Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’),2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on December 21, 2005, the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘NYSE’’ or the All submissions should refer to File ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities Number SR-NASD–2006–059. This file and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or number should be included on the the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed change subject line if e-mail is used. To help the to NYSE Rule 409 (Statements of Commission process and review your Accounts to Customers) as described in comments more efficiently, please use Items I, II, and III below, which Items only one method. The Commission will have been prepared by the Exchange. post all comments on the Commission’s On March 28, 2006, the NYSE filed Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the change.4 The Commission is publishing submission, all subsequent this notice to solicit comments on the amendments, all written statements proposed rule change from interested with respect to the proposed rule persons. change that are filed with the I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Commission, and all written Statement of the Terms of Substance of communications relating to the the Proposed Rule Change proposed rule change between the The Exchange is proposing to amend Commission and any person, other than NYSE Rule 409 to allow institutional those that may be withheld from the customers conducting a Delivery versus public in accordance with the Payment and Receive versus Payment provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be (‘‘DVP/RVP’’) business to elect not to available for inspection and copying in receive account statements. the Commission’s Public Reference The text of the proposed rule change Section, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, is set forth below. Italics indicate new DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will text that would be added to the current be available for inspection and copying text of NYSE Rule 409. at the principal office of Nasdaq. All Rule 409. comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does Statements of Accounts to Customers not edit personal identifying (a) Except with the permission of the information from submissions. You Exchange, or as otherwise provided by should submit only information that this paragraph, member organizations you wish to make available publicly. All 14 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). submissions should refer to File 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). Number SR–NASD–2006–059 and 2 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq. should be submitted on or before June 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 15, 2006. 4 In Amendment No. 1, a partial amendment, the NYSE proposed additional changes to the text of proposed amended Rule 409, which are incorporated in the proposed rule text below. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 May 24, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30211 shall send to their customers statements of account showing security and money positions and entries at least quarterly to all accounts having an entry, money or security position during the preceding quarter. Quarterly statements need not be sent to a customer pursuant to Rule 409(a) if: (1) The customer’s account is carried solely for the purpose of execution on a Delivery versus Payment/Receive versus Payment basis (DVP/RVP); (2) All transactions effected for the account are done on a DVP/RVP basis in conformity with Rule 387; (3) The account does not show security or money positions at the end of the quarter; (4) The customer consents to the suspension of such statements in writing. Such consents must be maintained by the member organization in a manner consistent with Exchange Rule 440 and Rule 17a–4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (5) The member organization undertakes to provide any particular statement or statements to the customer promptly upon request; and (6) The member organization undertakes to promptly reinstate the delivery of such statements to the customer upon request. Nothing in this rule shall be seen to qualify or condition the obligations of a member organization under SEC Rule 15c3–2 concerning quarterly notices of free credit balances on statements. For purposes of this rule, a DVP/RVP account is an arrangement whereby payment for securities purchased is to be made to the selling customer’s agent and/or delivery of securities sold is to be made to the buying customer’s agent in exchange for payment at time of settlement, usually in the form of cash. (b) through (g)—No change. Supplementary Material—No change. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In filing the proposed rule change and Amendment No. 1 with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change, as amended. 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. E:\FR\FM\25MYN1.SGM 25MYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53838; File No. SR-NASD-2006-059]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities 
Dealers, Inc; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a 
Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Related to Non-NASD 
Member Broker/Dealer Access to Nasdaq's Brut and INET Facilities

May 18, 2006.
    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 May 1, 2006, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. 
(``NASD''), through its subsidiary, the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. 
(``Nasdaq''), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I and 
II below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. On May 16, 2006, 
Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ Nasdaq 
filed the proposed rule change, as amended, as a ``non-controversial'' 
rule change under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act,\4\ which renders the 
proposal 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.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange clarified in the purpose 
section the number of non-member broker-dealers with access to the 
Brut and INET systems. In addition, Nasdaq requested waivers of the 
5-day notice and 30-day pre-operative delay contained in Rule 19b-
4(f)(6)(iii) under the Act.
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Nasdaq proposes to continue the participation of broker-dealers 
that are non-NASD members in Nasdaq's Brut and INET systems through the 
earlier of July 1, 2006, or the date Nasdaq becomes operational as a 
national securities exchange for the particular types of securities 
traded by those non-members in Nasdaq's INET and Brut systems. Nasdaq 
would implement the proposed rule change immediately. The text of the 
proposed rule change is below. Proposed new language is in italics. 
Proposed deletions are in [brackets].
4901. Definitions
    (a) through (h) No change.
    (i) The term ``Participant'' shall mean an NASD member that 
fulfills the obligations contained in Rule 4902 regarding participation 
in the System. [Until May 1, 2006] [t]The term ``Participant'' shall 
also include non-NASD broker/dealers that desire to use the System and 
otherwise meet all other requirements for System participation. Non-
NASD member broker/dealers shall have access to System until the 
earlier of either July 1, 2006, or the date that Nasdaq becomes 
operational as a national securities exchange for the particular class 
of securities traded by the non-NASD member.
    (j) through (w) No Change
* * * * *
4952. System Participant Registration
    (a) Participation in INET requires current registration with the 
System and is conditioned upon the Participant's

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initial and continuing compliance with the following requirements:
    (1)-(5) No Change.
    (6) In addition to the above, [on or before May 1, 2006,] all 
System Participants shall be members of the Association. Exception: 
Non-NASD member broker/dealers shall have access to System until the 
earlier of either July 1, 2006, or the date that Nasdaq becomes 
operational as a national securities exchange for the particular class 
of securities traded by the non-NASD member.
* * * * *

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, as 
amended, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule 
change, as amended. The text of these statements may be examined at the 
places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq 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, Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    Nasdaq states that, under current rules, broker-dealers that are 
not members of the NASD may use the Brut and INET systems until May 1, 
2006. Nasdaq is proposing to modify this provision so as to allow non-
NASD member broker-dealers to use the Brut and INET systems until the 
earlier of either July 1, 2006, or the date that Nasdaq becomes 
operational as a national securities exchange for the particular class 
of securities traded by the non-member. Nasdaq believes that this 
division of dates upon which non-NASD members must be members of the 
Nasdaq exchange in order to continue to use Nasdaq's trading facilities 
is necessary because Nasdaq plans to become operational as an exchange 
in two phases with the first involving only Nasdaq securities, with a 
second later phase for securities listed by other exchanges. Under the 
proposal, non-NASD members trading Nasdaq-listed securities would be 
required to be a Nasdaq exchange member to continue to trade Nasdaq 
securities in Brut and INET on the date that Nasdaq becomes operational 
as exchange for Nasdaq issues, while entities trading other exchange-
listed securities would be allowed continued access to the Brut and 
INET systems for that trading until such time as Nasdaq becomes 
operational as an exchange for non-Nasdaq issues. Nasdaq states that in 
neither scenario would non-NASD member access to the Brut and INET 
systems extend beyond July 1, 2006 without a further Commission-
approved extension.
    Nasdaq states that this extension is intended to allow these non-
NASD member broker-dealers to have continued access to Brut and INET 
while they take actions to become members of the recently-approved 
Nasdaq exchange. Nasdaq notes that only 44 non-NASD member broker 
dealers currently have access to its Brut and INET systems (4 in the 
Brut system and 40 in the INET system) and, as before, Nasdaq commits 
not to allow any additional non-NASD broker-dealers access during this 
extension period.\5\
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2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is 
consistent with the provisions of Section 15A of the Act,\6\ in 
general, and with Section 15A(b)(5) of the Act,\7\ in particular, in 
that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 
and to remove impediments to a free and open market and a national 
market system.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    Nasdaq does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, 
will result in 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

    Nasdaq states that written comments were neither solicited nor 
received with respect to the proposed rule change, as amended.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    Because the proposed rule change, as amended, 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 after the date of filing (or such shorter 
time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection 
of investors and the public interest), the proposed rule change, as 
amended, has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the 
Act \8\ and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\9\
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under 19b-4(f)(6) normally may not 
become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\10\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) \11\ permits the Commission to designate 
a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. Nasdaq has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day pre-operative delay and the five-day pre-
filing notice requirement and designate the proposed rule change, as 
amended, to become effective upon filing. Nasdaq believes that waivers 
of such periods will allow continued uninterrupted access to the Brut 
and INET systems for non-NASD broker dealers in the period of time 
immediately preceding Nasdaq's operation as an exchange. The Commission 
believes that waiving the 30-day pre-operative delay and the five-day 
pre-filing notice requirement is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest because it would facilitate the 
orderly transition of Nasdaq to a national securities exchange, thus 
removing impediments to a free and open market and a national market 
system. For the reasons stated above, the Commission designates the 
proposal, as amended, to become effective and operative on May 1, 
2006.\12\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \11\ Id.
    \12\ For purposes only of accelerating the operative date of 
this proposal, the Commission has considered the impact of the 
proposed rule on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 
U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    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 the furtherance of the purposes of the Act.\13\
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    \13\ The effective date of the original proposed rule change is 
May 1, 2006, and the effective date of Amendment No. 1 is May 16, 
2006. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the 
Commission may summarily abrogate the proposal, the Commission 
considers the period to commence on May 16, 2006, the date on which 
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IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be 
submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NASD-2006-059 on the subject line.

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-NASD-2006-059. 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 Section, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office 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-NASD-2006-059 and should be 
submitted on or before June 15, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\14\
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    \14\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-7996 Filed 5-24-06; 8:45 am]
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