Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Reduce Fees Assessed for Certain Co-Location Services, 3924-3925 [2013-00868]

Download as PDF 3924 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices For further information, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. Dated: January 15, 2013. Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change [FR Doc. 2013–00975 Filed 1–15–13; 11:15 am] BX proposes to reduce the fees assessed under BX Rule 7034 for certain co-location services. The Exchange is proposing to implement the proposed fee beginning on January 2, 2013. The text of the proposed rule change is available at http:// nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com, at BX’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68625; File No. SR–BX– 2013–003] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Reduce Fees Assessed for Certain Co-Location Services January 11, 2013. 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 January 2, 2013, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (‘‘BX’’ or ‘‘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 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 self-regulatory organization 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 III [sic] 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 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend BX Rule 7034 to reduce the monthly recurring cabinet (‘‘MRC’’) fees assessed for the installation of certain new colocation cabinets. The reduced MRC fees will apply to new cabinets ordered by customers using the CoLo Console 3 during the months of January and February of 2013, provided that such cabinets are fully operational by May 31, 2013. The reduced fee shall apply to any cabinet that increases the number of dedicated cabinets beyond the total number dedicated to that customer as of December 31, 2012 (‘‘Baseline Number’’), for so long as the total number of dedicated cabinets exceeds that customer’s Baseline Number. The reduced MRC fees will apply for a period of 24 months from the date the new cabinet becomes fully operational under BX rules, provided that the customer’s total number of cabinets continues to exceed the Baseline Number. The Exchange proposes to reduce the applicable fees as follows: Current ongoing monthly fee Cabinet type Low Density ............................................................................................................................................................. Medium Density ....................................................................................................................................................... Medium-High Density .............................................................................................................................................. High Density ............................................................................................................................................................ Super High Density .................................................................................................................................................. New cabinets shall be assessed standard installation fees. BX proposes to reduce colocation cabinet fees by different amounts to maintain a sliding scale of lower fees for Cabinet type Max kW Low Density ................................................................................................... Medium Density ............................................................................................. Medium-High Density .................................................................................... High Density .................................................................................................. Super High Density ........................................................................................ pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,4 in general, and with Section 6(b)(4) of 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 3 The ‘‘CoLo Console’’ is BX’s web-based ordering tool, and it is the exclusive means for ordering colocation services. Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $2,000 2,500 3,500 4,500 8,000 higher density cabinets on a per kilowatt basis. The chart below reflects this scale: Reduced MRC fee 2.88 5 7 10 17 the Act,5 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 $4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 13,000 Reduced ongoing monthly fee Discount (%) $2,000 2,500 3,500 4,500 8,000 50.00 50.00 41.67 35.71 38.46 Fee per KW $694.44 500.00 500.00 450.00 470.59 controls. The proposed reduced fee will be assessed equally on all customers that place an order for a new cabinet during the designated period. The proposed amendments will provide an incentive for customers to avail 4 15 5 15 E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f. U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 17JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 12 / Thursday, January 17, 2013 / Notices pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with themselves of the designated co-location services. BX’s proposal to reduce fees by differing amounts is fair and equitable because it reflects the economic efficiency of higher density colocation cabinets. First, the underlying costs for co-location cabinets consists [sic] of certain fixed costs for the data center facility (space, amortization, etc.) and certain variable costs (electrical power utilized and cooling required). The variable costs are in total higher for the higher power density cabinets, as reflected in their higher current prices. Second, the higher density cabinets were introduced later than the lower density cabinets (High Density cabinet was introduced in 2009 and the Super High Density cabinet was introduced in 2011). Due to the competitive pressures that existed in 2011 and 2012, the fees for Super High Density cabinets were further reduced in 2012 to be more comparable with the lower fee per kilowatt of the High Density cabinet. As a result of these already-reduced rates on higher density cabinets, BX has greater flexibility to discount fees for lower density cabinets, on a per kilowatt basis. BX operates in a highly competitive market in which market participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels at a particular venue to be excessive. In such an environment, BX must continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted from compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. BX believes that the proposed rule change reflects this competitive environment because it is designed to ensure that the charges for use of the BX colocation facility remain competitive. 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. To the contrary, the Exchange’s voluntary fee reduction is a response to increased competition for colocation services by other exchanges and trading venues. As more venues offer colocation services, competition drives costs lower. The Exchange, in order to retain existing orders and to attract new orders, is forced to offer a lower effective rate for aggregate cabinet demand. This competition benefits users, members. and investors by lowering the average aggregate cost of trading on the Exchange. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Jan 16, 2013 Jkt 229001 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 Pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,6 the Exchange has designated this proposal as establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the self-regulatory organization on any person, whether or not the person is a member of the self-regulatory organization, which renders the proposed rule change effective 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 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: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–BX–2013–003 on the subject line. Paper Comments • 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–BX–2013–003. 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 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– 2013–003, and should be submitted on or before February 7, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–00868 Filed 1–16–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–68632; File No. SR–FINRA– 2013–003] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Amendments to the Customer and Industry Codes of Arbitration Procedure To Revise the Public Arbitrator Definition January 11, 2013. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on January 4, 2013, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. The Commission is publishing this notice to 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 6 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3925 E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-68625; File No. SR-BX-2013-003]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Reduce 
Fees Assessed for Certain Co-Location Services

January 11, 2013.
    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 January 2, 2013, NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc. (``BX'' or ``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.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of the 
Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    BX proposes to reduce the fees assessed under BX Rule 7034 for 
certain co-location services. The Exchange is proposing to implement 
the proposed fee beginning on January 2, 2013. The text of the proposed 
rule change is available at http://nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com, at 
BX's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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 self-regulatory organization 
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 III [sic] 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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend BX Rule 7034 to reduce the monthly 
recurring cabinet (``MRC'') fees assessed for the installation of 
certain new co-location cabinets. The reduced MRC fees will apply to 
new cabinets ordered by customers using the CoLo Console \3\ during the 
months of January and February of 2013, provided that such cabinets are 
fully operational by May 31, 2013. The reduced fee shall apply to any 
cabinet that increases the number of dedicated cabinets beyond the 
total number dedicated to that customer as of December 31, 2012 
(``Baseline Number''), for so long as the total number of dedicated 
cabinets exceeds that customer's Baseline Number. The reduced MRC fees 
will apply for a period of 24 months from the date the new cabinet 
becomes fully operational under BX rules, provided that the customer's 
total number of cabinets continues to exceed the Baseline Number.
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    \3\ The ``CoLo Console'' is BX's web-based ordering tool, and it 
is the exclusive means for ordering colocation services.
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    The Exchange proposes to reduce the applicable fees as follows:

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                                              Current         Reduced
              Cabinet type                    ongoing         ongoing
                                            monthly fee     monthly fee
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Low Density.............................          $4,000          $2,000
Medium Density..........................           5,000           2,500
Medium-High Density.....................           6,000           3,500
High Density............................           7,000           4,500
Super High Density......................          13,000           8,000
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    New cabinets shall be assessed standard installation fees.
    BX proposes to reduce colocation cabinet fees by different amounts 
to maintain a sliding scale of lower fees for higher density cabinets 
on a per kilowatt basis. The chart below reflects this scale:

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                                                                    Reduced MRC
                  Cabinet type                        Max kW            fee        Discount  (%)    Fee per KW
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Low Density.....................................            2.88          $2,000           50.00         $694.44
Medium Density..................................            5              2,500           50.00          500.00
Medium-High Density.............................            7              3,500           41.67          500.00
High Density....................................           10              4,500           35.71          450.00
Super High Density..............................           17              8,000           38.46          470.59
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with the provisions of Section 6 of the Act,\4\ in general, and with 
Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,\5\ 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. The proposed reduced 
fee will be assessed equally on all customers that place an order for a 
new cabinet during the designated period. The proposed amendments will 
provide an incentive for customers to avail

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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    BX's proposal to reduce fees by differing amounts is fair and 
equitable because it reflects the economic efficiency of higher density 
colocation cabinets. First, the underlying costs for co-location 
cabinets consists [sic] of certain fixed costs for the data center 
facility (space, amortization, etc.) and certain variable costs 
(electrical power utilized and cooling required). The variable costs 
are in total higher for the higher power density cabinets, as reflected 
in their higher current prices. Second, the higher density cabinets 
were introduced later than the lower density cabinets (High Density 
cabinet was introduced in 2009 and the Super High Density cabinet was 
introduced in 2011). Due to the competitive pressures that existed in 
2011 and 2012, the fees for Super High Density cabinets were further 
reduced in 2012 to be more comparable with the lower fee per kilowatt 
of the High Density cabinet. As a result of these already-reduced rates 
on higher density cabinets, BX has greater flexibility to discount fees 
for lower density cabinets, on a per kilowatt basis.
    BX operates in a highly competitive market in which market 
participants can readily favor competing venues if they deem fee levels 
at a particular venue to be excessive. In such an environment, BX must 
continually adjust its fees to remain competitive with other exchanges 
and with alternative trading systems that have been exempted from 
compliance with the statutory standards applicable to exchanges. BX 
believes that the proposed rule change reflects this competitive 
environment because it is designed to ensure that the charges for use 
of the BX colocation facility remain competitive.

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. To 
the contrary, the Exchange's voluntary fee reduction is a response to 
increased competition for colocation services by other exchanges and 
trading venues. As more venues offer colocation services, competition 
drives costs lower. The Exchange, in order to retain existing orders 
and to attract new orders, is forced to offer a lower effective rate 
for aggregate cabinet demand. This competition benefits users, members. 
and investors by lowering the average aggregate cost of trading on the 
Exchange.

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

    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act,\6\ the Exchange has 
designated this proposal as establishing or changing a due, fee, or 
other charge imposed by the self-regulatory organization on any person, 
whether or not the person is a member of the self-regulatory 
organization, which renders the proposed rule change effective upon 
filing.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).
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    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:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-BX-2013-003 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     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-BX-2013-003. 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 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-2013-003, and should be submitted on or before 
February 7, 2013.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-00868 Filed 1-16-13; 8:45 am]
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