Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Amended Regarding Pricing for Non-Members Using the New Nasdaq Workstation and Weblink ACT, 58027-58029 [E6-16117]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 190 / Monday, October 2, 2006 / Notices submission of trade reports. As such, as Nasdaq begins to operate as a national securities exchange, Weblink ACT provides basic front-end access to the Trade Reporting Facility (‘‘TRF’’) operated by Nasdaq and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (‘‘NASD’’),7 as well as access to ACT functionality still offered by Nasdaq Inc. under authority delegated by NASD. Since the introduction of NNW and Weblink ACT, a number of former NWII users have opted to move to Weblink ACT rather than NNW, reflecting a desire to use these Web-based products exclusively for trade reporting, rather than active trading. Accordingly, Nasdaq proposes to increase the comparatively low fees for Weblink ACT to ensure that, as between NNW and Weblink ACT, fees are allocated appropriately to allow recovery of Nasdaq’s costs. Specifically, the current $150 fee for Weblink ACT users that report a daily average of 20 or fewer trades during a month is being raised to $200, while the $300 fee for higher volume users is being increased to $375. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,8 in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,9 in particular, in that the proposed rule change 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 Nasdaq operates or controls. The proposed rule change reflects demand patterns for NNW and Weblink ACT and is designed to ensure that as between the products, fees are allocated appropriately to allow recovery of Nasdaq’s costs. 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. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 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. 7 Nasdaq expects that, consistent with current practice, most NASD members seeking access to the TRF would use a proprietary front-end system developed by the broker-dealer or a product offered by a service bureau. Weblink ACT is designed as a basic front-end system for low volume users. 8 15 U.S.C. 78f. 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Sep 29, 2006 Jkt 211001 III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,11 in that the proposed rule change establishes or changes a member due, fee, or other charge. 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 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: 58027 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–2006–025 and should be submitted on or before October 23, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.12 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–16115 Filed 9–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54501; File No. SR– NASDAQ–2006–026] 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–NASDAQ–2006–025 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change as Amended Regarding Pricing for NonMembers Using the New Nasdaq Workstation and Weblink ACT Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASDAQ–2006–025. 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 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 August 1, 2006, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘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. Nasdaq amended the proposed rule change on September 20, 2006.3 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons, and simultaneously granting accelerated approval of the proposed rule change, as amended. September 25, 2006. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change This proposed rule change relates to the pricing for non-Nasdaq members using Nasdaq’s New Nasdaq Workstation (‘‘NNW’’) and Weblink ACT products. The proposal will apply to these non-members the same changes 12 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Amendment No. 1. 1 15 10 15 11 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 58028 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 190 / Monday, October 2, 2006 / Notices that Nasdaq is instituting for Nasdaq members in SR–NASDAQ–2006–025. Nasdaq seeks to implement this proposed rule change retroactively as of August 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, at Nasdaq, and at http:// www.nasdaq.com.4 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. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item III 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, the Proposed Rule Change rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 1. Purpose In SR–NASDAQ–2006–025, Nasdaq amended Rule 7015 to change Nasdaq member fees associated with its Webbased NNW and Weblink ACT products. Since the NNW’s inception as a replacement for the Nasdaq Workstation II (‘‘NWII’’) last year, the fee for the NNW has been $435 per user per month, plus $90 per month for data feeds included with the NNW, for a total cost of $525 per user per month. In SR– NASDAQ–2006–025, Nasdaq reduced the fee to $475 per user per month, including the cost of the data feeds provided with the NNW. The change is designed to enhance the competitiveness of the NNW in contrast to front-end applications provided by broker-dealers and service bureaus, and, as discussed below, also reflects decreasing demand for the product. Weblink ACT, also referred to as Nasdaq Workstation Post Trade, is a Web-based application used for submission of trade reports. As such, as the Nasdaq Exchange begins to operate as a national securities exchange, Weblink ACT provides basic front-end 4 Changes to the proposed rule text are marked to the rule text that appears in the electronic Nasdaq Manual found at www.complinet.com/nasd.com, as further amended on an immediately effective basis by SR–NASDAQ–2006–024 and SR–NASDAQ– 2006–025. Because the NNW and Weblink ACT are also used with respect to the quotation, execution, and trade reporting systems operated by The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (‘‘Nasdaq Inc.’’) with respect to non-Nasdaq securities, Nasdaq Inc. is also filing this proposed rule change as a modification to NASD Rule 7010(f). See SR–NASD–2006–095. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Sep 29, 2006 Jkt 211001 access to the Trade Reporting Facility (‘‘TRF’’) operated by Nasdaq and the NASD,5 as well as access to ACT functionality still offered by Nasdaq Inc. under authority delegated by NASD. Since the introduction of NNW and Weblink ACT, a number of former NWII users have opted to move to Weblink ACT rather than NNW, reflecting a desire to use these Web-based products exclusively for trade reporting, rather than active trading. Accordingly, in SR– NASDAQ–2006–025, Nasdaq increased the comparatively low fees for Weblink ACT to ensure that, as between NNW and Weblink ACT, fees are allocated appropriately to allow recovery of Nasdaq’s costs. Specifically, the current $150 fee for Weblink ACT users that report a daily average of 20 or fewer trades a month is being raised to $200, while the $300 fee for higher volume users is being increased to $375. Nasdaq is submitting this filing to apply the foregoing changes to nonNasdaq members using the NNW and Weblink ACT. These non-members are comprised primarily of service bureaus, while in the case of Weblink ACT, they would also include NASD members that are not members of Nasdaq but that submit trade reports to the TRF. 2. Statutory Basis Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,6 in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,7 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 Nasdaq operates or controls. The proposed rule change applies to nonmembers that use NNW and Weblink ACT a fee change that is being implemented for Nasdaq members. Accordingly, the proposed rule change promotes an equitable allocation of fees between members and non-members using these services. 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. 5 Nasdaq expects that, consistent with current practice, most NASD members seeking access to the TRF would use a proprietary front-end system developed by the broker-dealer or a product offered by a service bureau. Weblink ACT is designed as a basic front-end system for low volume users. 6 15 U.S.C. 78f. 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 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: 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–NASDAQ–2006–026 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–NASDAQ–2006–026. 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 Room. Copies of the 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–2006–026 and should be submitted on or before October 23, 2006. E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 190 / Monday, October 2, 2006 / Notices IV. Commission’s Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to an exchange.8 Specifically, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,9 which requires that the rules of an exchange provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any facilities or system which it operates or controls. The Commission notes that this proposal would permit the schedule for non-Nasdaq members to mirror the schedule applicable to Nasdaq members that became effective on August 1, 2006, pursuant to SR–NASDAQ–2006–025. The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the notice thereof in the Federal Register. The proposed fees for non-Nasdaq members are identical to those in SR–NASDAQ–2006–025, which implemented those fees for Nasdaq members and which became effective as of August 1, 2006. The Commission notes that the instant proposed rule change will promote consistency in Nasdaq’s fee schedule by applying simultaneously the same pricing schedule for Nasdaq members and nonNasdaq members alike. Therefore, the Commission finds that there is good cause, consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, to approve the proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis. V. Conclusion It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, that the proposed rule change (SR–NASDAQ– 2006–026), as amended, be, and hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.10 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–16117 Filed 9–29–06; 8:45 am] rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 8 In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 9 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 10 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Sep 29, 2006 Jkt 211001 [Release No. 34–54498; File No. SR–NASD– 2006–095] Self-Regulatory Organizations; National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Regarding Fees for Non-NASD Member Subscribers to the New Nasdaq Workstation and Weblink ACT September 25, 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 August 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. Nasdaq amended the proposed rule change on September 20, 2006.3 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons, and simultaneously granting accelerated approval of the proposed rule change, as amended. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Nasdaq proposes to modify fees for non-NASD member subscribers to the New Nasdaq Workstation (‘‘NNW’’) and Weblink ACT. The proposed rule change will apply to these non-members the same changes that Nasdaq is instituting for members.4 Nasdaq seeks to implement the proposed rule change retroactively as of August 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Commission’s Public Reference Room, at NASD, and at http://www.nasd.com.5 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Amendment No. 1. 4 See SR–NASD–2006–094. 5 Changes are marked to the rule text that appears in the electronic NASD Manual found at http:// www.nasd.com, as modified on an immediately effective basis by SR–NASD–2006–094. Nasdaq is filing this proposed rule change because the NNW and Weblink ACT may be used in limited circumstances by service bureaus that are not NASD members with respect to the quotation, execution, and trade reporting systems operated by Nasdaq with respect to non-Nasdaq securities. The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘Nasdaq Exchange’’) is also filing a comparable modification to Nasdaq Exchange Rule 7015. 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58029 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. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item III 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, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose In SR–NASD–2006–094, Nasdaq amended Rule 7010 to change NASD member fees associated with its Webbased New Nasdaq Workstation (‘‘NNW’’) and Weblink ACT products. Since the NNW’s inception as a replacement for the Nasdaq Workstation II (‘‘NWII’’) last year, the fee for the NNW had been $435 per user per month, plus $90 per month for data feeds included with the NNW, for a total cost of $525 per user per month. In SR– NASD–2006–094, Nasdaq reduced the fee to $475 per user per month, including the cost of the data feeds provided with the NNW. The change is designed to enhance the competitiveness of the NNW in contrast to front-end applications provided by broker-dealers and service bureaus, and, as discussed below, also reflects decreasing demand for the product. Weblink ACT, also referred to as Nasdaq Workstation Post Trade, is a Web-based application used for submission of trade reports. As such, as the Nasdaq Exchange begins to operate as a national securities exchange, Weblink ACT provides basic front-end access to the Trade Reporting Facility (‘‘TRF’’) operated by Nasdaq and the NASD,6 as well as access to ACT functionality still offered by Nasdaq under authority delegated by NASD. Since the introduction of NNW and Weblink ACT, a number of former NWII users have opted to move to Weblink ACT rather than NNW, reflecting a desire to use these Web-based products exclusively for trade reporting, rather than active trading. Accordingly, in SR– NASD–2006–094, Nasdaq increased the 6 Nasdaq expects that, consistent with current practice, most NASD members seeking access to the TRF would use a proprietary front-end system developed by the broker-dealer or a product offered by a service bureau. Weblink ACT is designed as a basic front-end system for low volume users. E:\FR\FM\02OCN1.SGM 02OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 190 (Monday, October 2, 2006)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-54501; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2006-026]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed 
Rule Change as Amended Regarding Pricing for Non-Members Using the New 
Nasdaq Workstation and Weblink ACT

 September 25, 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 August 1, 2006, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (``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. Nasdaq amended the proposed rule change on 
September 20, 2006.\3\ The Commission is publishing this notice to 
solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from 
interested persons, and simultaneously granting accelerated approval of 
the proposed rule change, as amended.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    This proposed rule change relates to the pricing for non-Nasdaq 
members using Nasdaq's New Nasdaq Workstation (``NNW'') and Weblink ACT 
products. The proposal will apply to these non-members the same changes

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that Nasdaq is instituting for Nasdaq members in SR-NASDAQ-2006-025. 
Nasdaq seeks to implement this proposed rule change retroactively as of 
August 1, 2006. The text of the proposed rule change is available at 
the Commission's Public Reference Room, at Nasdaq, and at http://
www.nasdaq.com.\4\
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    \4\ Changes to the proposed rule text are marked to the rule 
text that appears in the electronic Nasdaq Manual found at 
www.complinet.com/nasd.com, as further amended on an immediately 
effective basis by SR-NASDAQ-2006-024 and SR-NASDAQ-2006-025. 
Because the NNW and Weblink ACT are also used with respect to the 
quotation, execution, and trade reporting systems operated by The 
Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (``Nasdaq Inc.'') with respect to non-
Nasdaq securities, Nasdaq Inc. is also filing this proposed rule 
change as a modification to NASD Rule 7010(f). See SR-NASD-2006-095.
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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. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item III 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, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    In SR-NASDAQ-2006-025, Nasdaq amended Rule 7015 to change Nasdaq 
member fees associated with its Web-based NNW and Weblink ACT products. 
Since the NNW's inception as a replacement for the Nasdaq Workstation 
II (``NWII'') last year, the fee for the NNW has been $435 per user per 
month, plus $90 per month for data feeds included with the NNW, for a 
total cost of $525 per user per month. In SR-NASDAQ-2006-025, Nasdaq 
reduced the fee to $475 per user per month, including the cost of the 
data feeds provided with the NNW. The change is designed to enhance the 
competitiveness of the NNW in contrast to front-end applications 
provided by broker-dealers and service bureaus, and, as discussed 
below, also reflects decreasing demand for the product.
    Weblink ACT, also referred to as Nasdaq Workstation Post Trade, is 
a Web-based application used for submission of trade reports. As such, 
as the Nasdaq Exchange begins to operate as a national securities 
exchange, Weblink ACT provides basic front-end access to the Trade 
Reporting Facility (``TRF'') operated by Nasdaq and the NASD,\5\ as 
well as access to ACT functionality still offered by Nasdaq Inc. under 
authority delegated by NASD.
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    \5\ Nasdaq expects that, consistent with current practice, most 
NASD members seeking access to the TRF would use a proprietary 
front-end system developed by the broker-dealer or a product offered 
by a service bureau. Weblink ACT is designed as a basic front-end 
system for low volume users.
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    Since the introduction of NNW and Weblink ACT, a number of former 
NWII users have opted to move to Weblink ACT rather than NNW, 
reflecting a desire to use these Web-based products exclusively for 
trade reporting, rather than active trading. Accordingly, in SR-NASDAQ-
2006-025, Nasdaq increased the comparatively low fees for Weblink ACT 
to ensure that, as between NNW and Weblink ACT, fees are allocated 
appropriately to allow recovery of Nasdaq's costs. Specifically, the 
current $150 fee for Weblink ACT users that report a daily average of 
20 or fewer trades a month is being raised to $200, while the $300 fee 
for higher volume users is being increased to $375.
    Nasdaq is submitting this filing to apply the foregoing changes to 
non-Nasdaq members using the NNW and Weblink ACT. These non-members are 
comprised primarily of service bureaus, while in the case of Weblink 
ACT, they would also include NASD members that are not members of 
Nasdaq but that submit trade reports to the TRF.
2. Statutory Basis
    Nasdaq believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,\6\ in general, and with Section 
6(b)(4) of the Act,\7\ 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 Nasdaq operates or controls. The proposed rule change applies to 
non-members that use NNW and Weblink ACT a fee change that is being 
implemented for Nasdaq members. Accordingly, the proposed rule change 
promotes an equitable allocation of fees between members and non-
members using these services.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f.
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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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.

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. 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:

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-NASDAQ-2006-026 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-NASDAQ-2006-026. 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 Room. Copies of the 
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-2006-026 and should be submitted on or before 
October 23, 2006.

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IV. Commission's Findings and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of 
Proposed Rule Change

    The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations 
thereunder applicable to an exchange.\8\ Specifically, the Commission 
believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 
6(b)(4) of the Act,\9\ which requires that the rules of an exchange 
provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and 
other charges among members and issuers and other persons using any 
facilities or system which it operates or controls.
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    \8\ In approving the proposed rule change, the Commission has 
considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition and 
capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The Commission notes that this proposal would permit the schedule 
for non-Nasdaq members to mirror the schedule applicable to Nasdaq 
members that became effective on August 1, 2006, pursuant to SR-NASDAQ-
2006-025.
    The Commission finds good cause for approving the proposed rule 
change prior to the 30th day after the date of publication of the 
notice thereof in the Federal Register. The proposed fees for non-
Nasdaq members are identical to those in SR-NASDAQ-2006-025, which 
implemented those fees for Nasdaq members and which became effective as 
of August 1, 2006. The Commission notes that the instant proposed rule 
change will promote consistency in Nasdaq's fee schedule by applying 
simultaneously the same pricing schedule for Nasdaq members and non-
Nasdaq members alike. Therefore, the Commission finds that there is 
good cause, consistent with Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, to approve the 
proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis.

V. Conclusion

    It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, 
that the proposed rule change (SR-NASDAQ-2006-026), as amended, be, and 
hereby is, approved on an accelerated basis.
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-16117 Filed 9-29-06; 8:45 am]
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