Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Exchange's Price List To Modify the Fees Related to Four Bundles of Co-Location Services in Connection With the Exchange's Co-Location Services, 58459-58462 [2017-26685]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 12, 2017 / Notices in connection with the operation of its Retail Liquidity Program, until June 30, 2018. The limited and temporary exemption extended by this Order are subject to modification or revocation if at any time the Commission determines that such action is necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Responsibility for compliance with any applicable provisions of the Federal securities laws must rest with the persons relying on the exemptions that are the subject of this Order. Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) 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 the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. 58459 A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose 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 IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange’s Price List to modify the fees related to Partial Cabinet Solution bundles in connection with the Exchange’s co-location services.4 The Exchange offers the four Partial Cabinet Solution bundles in order to attract smaller Users, including those with minimal power or cabinet space demands or those for which the costs attendant with having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are too burdensome.5 Currently, the Exchange offers Users 6 that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2017, a 50% reduction in the monthly recurring charges (‘‘MRC’’) for the first 12 months.7 The Exchange now proposes to: • Extend the 50% reduction to those Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2018; and • increase the duration of the reduction from 12 months to 24 months. The Exchange also proposes that Users that already purchased a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the duration of their 50% reduction increased from 12 months to 24 months as well.8 The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes effective January 1, 2018. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to modify its Price List so that it reads as follows: Type of service Description Amount of charge Partial Cabinet Solution bundles ....................... Note: A User and its Affiliates are limited to one Partial Cabinet Solution bundle at a time. A User and its Affiliates must have an Aggregate Cabinet Footprint of 2 kW or less to qualify for a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle. See Note 2 under ‘‘General Notes.’’. Option A: .......................................................... 1 kW partial cabinet, 1 LCN connection (1 Gb), 1 IP network connection (1 Gb), 2 fiber cross connections and either the Network Time Protocol Feed or Precision Timing Protocol. $7,500 initial charge per bundle plus monthly charge per bundle as follows: • For Users that order on or before December 31, 2018: $3,000 monthly for first 24 months of service, and $6,000 monthly thereafter • For Users that order after December 31, 2018: $6,000 monthly. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.9 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–26727 Filed 12–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–82223; File No. SR–NYSE– 2017–62] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Exchange’s Price List To Modify the Fees Related to Four Bundles of CoLocation Services in Connection With the Exchange’s Co-Location Services December 6, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on November 22, 2017, New York Stock 9 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(83). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 15 U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 4 The Exchange initially filed rule changes relating to its co-location services with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) in 2010. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 62960 (Sept. 21, 2010), 75 FR 59310 (Sept. 27, 2010) (SR–NYSE–2010–56) (the ‘‘Original Co-location Filing’’). The Exchange operates a data center in Mahwah, New Jersey (the ‘‘data center’’) from which it provides co-location services to Users. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 1 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Dec 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange’s Price List to modify the fees related to four bundles of co-location services (‘‘Partial Cabinet Solution bundles’’) in connection with the Exchange’s co-location services. The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes effective January 1, 2018. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, 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 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77072 (Feb. 5, 2016), 81 FR 7394 (Feb. 11, 2016) (SR– NYSE–2015–53). 6 For purposes of the Exchange’s co-location services, a ‘‘User’’ means any market participant that requests to receive co-location services directly from the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76008 (Sept. 29, 2015), 80 FR 60190 (Oct. 5, 2015) (SR–NYSE–2015–40). As specified in the Price List, a User that incurs co-location fees for a particular co-location service pursuant thereto would not be subject to co-location fees for the same co-location service charged by the Exchange’s affiliates NYSE MKT LLC and NYSE Arca, Inc. See PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 70206 (Aug. 15, 2013), 78 FR 51765 (Aug. 21, 2013) (SR–NYSE– 2013–59). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79715 (Dec. 30, 2016), 82 FR 1777 (Jan. 6, 2017) (SR– NYSE–2016–91). 8 For each User that is currently benefitting from the 50% reduction, the additional 12 month period with the reduced price would begin when its current 12-month period ended. For each User whose 12-month period with the reduced price has ended, the additional 12-month period would begin upon the implementation of the proposed fee changes. E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 58460 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 12, 2017 / Notices Type of service Description Amount of charge Option B: .......................................................... 2 kW partial cabinet, 1 LCN connection (1 Gb), 1 IP network connection (1 Gb), 2 fiber cross connections and either the Network Time Protocol Feed or Precision Timing Protocol. $7,500 initial charge per bundle plus monthly charge per bundle as follows: • For Users that order on or before December 31, 2018: $3,500 monthly for first 24 months of service, and $7,000 monthly thereafter • For Users that order after December 31, 2018: $7,000 monthly. $10,000 initial charge per bundle plus monthly charge per bundle as follows: • For Users that order on or before December 31, 2018: $7,000 monthly for first 24 months of service, and $14,000 monthly thereafter • For Users that order after December 31, 2018: $14,000 monthly. $10,000 initial charge per bundle plus monthly charge per bundle as follows: • For Users that order on or before December 31, 2018: $7,500 monthly for first 24 months of service, and $15,000 monthly thereafter • For Users that order after December 31, 2018: $15,000 monthly. Option C: .......................................................... 1 kW partial cabinet, 1 LCN connection (10 Gb), 1 IP network connection (10 Gb), 2 fiber cross connections and either the Network Time Protocol Feed or Precision Timing Protocol. Option D: .......................................................... 2 kW partial cabinet, 1 LCN connection (10 Gb), 1 IP network connection (10 Gb), 2 fiber cross connections and either the Network Time Protocol Feed or Precision Timing Protocol. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES The Exchange is not proposing any other changes to the Partial Cabinet Solution bundles.9 As is the case with all Exchange colocation arrangements, (i) neither a User nor any of the User’s customers would be permitted to submit orders directly to the Exchange unless such User or customer is a member organization, a Sponsored Participant or an agent thereof (e.g., a service bureau providing order entry services); (ii) use of the colocation services proposed herein would be completely voluntary and available to all Users on a non-discriminatory basis; 10 and (iii) a User would only incur one charge for the particular colocation service described herein, regardless of whether the User connects only to the Exchange or to the Exchange and one or both of its affiliates.11 9 The Commission notes that previous filings stated that Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle would be subject to a 90-day minimum commitment, after which period they are subject to a 60-day rolling time period. The Exchange has represented to Commission staff that these provisions have not changed. 10 As is currently the case, Users that receive colocation services from the Exchange will not receive any means of access to the Exchange’s trading and execution systems that is separate from, or superior to, that of other Users. In this regard, all orders sent to the Exchange enter the Exchange’s trading and execution systems through the same order gateway, regardless of whether the sender is co-located in the data center or not. In addition, co-located Users do not receive any market data or data service product that is not available to all Users, although Users that receive co-location services normally would expect reduced latencies in sending orders to, and receiving market data from, the Exchange. 11 See SR–NYSE–2013–59, supra note 6, at 51766. The Exchange’s affiliates have also submitted substantially the same proposed rule change to propose the changes described herein. See SR– NYSEAMER–2017–35 and SR–NYSEArca–2017– 134. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Dec 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,12 in general, and furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(5) of the Act,13 in particular, because it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest and because it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members, issuers and other persons using its facilities, and are not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers, because the Exchange proposes to offer the 50% reduction in the MRC, and the increase in the duration of the reduction from 12 months to 24 months, to all Users equally. As is currently the case, the purchase of any colocation service (including Partial Cabinet Solution bundles) is completely voluntary. All Users that order a bundle on or before December 31, 2018 would have their MRC reduced by 50% for the first 24 months. 12 15 13 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Exchange believes that extending the 50% reduction in the MRC for Partial Cabinet Solution bundles, and increasing the duration of the reduction, is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers because the Partial Cabinet Solution bundles would continue to offer four different Partial Cabinet Solution bundles with options with respect to cabinet footprint and network connections. Users that require other sizes or combinations of cabinets, network connections and cross connects could still request them. In addition, the Exchange believes that its proposal would remove impediments to, and perfects the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, protects investors and the public interest because the proposed extension of the 50% reduction in MRC and the proposed increase in the duration of the reduction would continue to make it more cost effective for Users to utilize co-location by creating a convenient way to create a colocation environment, through four Partial Cabinet Solution bundles with options with respect to cabinet footprint and network connections. The Exchange expects that such Users would include those with minimal power or cabinet space demands and Users for which the costs attendant with having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are too burdensome. The Exchange believes that the proposed change to have Users that already purchased a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the duration of their 50% reduction increased from 12 months to 24 months is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 12, 2017 / Notices acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest and because it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers, because it would ensure that all Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle prior to December 31, 2018 benefit from the 50% reduction for a total of 24 months. The Exchange also believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,14 in particular, because it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members, issuers and other persons using its facilities and does not unfairly discriminate between customers, issuers, brokers or dealers. The Exchange believes that it is reasonable that Users that order a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2018 would have their MRC reduced by 50% for the first 24 months because it is reasonable to continue to offer such reduction as an incentive to Users to utilize the service, including both new and past Users of bundles. As noted above, the Exchange anticipates that Users of the Partial Cabinet Solution bundles would include those with minimum power or cabinet space demands and Users for which the costs attendant with having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are too burdensome. For the reasons above, the proposed changes do not unfairly discriminate between or among market participants that are otherwise capable of satisfying any applicable co-location fees, requirements, terms and conditions established from time to time by the Exchange. Finally, the Exchange believes that it is subject to significant competitive forces, as described below in the Exchange’s statement regarding the burden on competition. For these reasons, the Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with the Act. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition In accordance with Section 6(b)(8) of the Act,15 the Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act because, in addition to the proposed services being completely voluntary, they are available to all Users on an equal basis (i.e. the same products and services are available to all Users, and the extension of the 50% reduction for the MRC for the Partial Cabinet Solution bundles, and the increased duration of the reduction, would apply to all Users). The Exchange believes that extending the 50% reduction in the MRC and increasing the duration of the reduction will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act because such access will continue to satisfy User demand for cost effective options for smaller Users that choose to utilize co-location. All Users that order a bundle on or before December 31, 2018 would have their MRC reduced by 50% for the first 24 months. The Exchange believes that the proposed change to have Users that already purchased a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the duration of their 50% reduction increased from 12 months to 24 months would ensure that all Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle prior to December 31, 2018 benefit from the 50% reduction for a total of 24 months. The proposed changes will also enhance competition by making it more cost effective for Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle to utilize co-location by creating a convenient way to create a colocation environment, through Partial Cabinet Solution bundles with options with respect to cabinet footprint and network connections at a reduced MRC for the first 24 months. Such Users may choose to pass on such cost savings to their customers. The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which exchanges offer co-location services as a means to facilitate the trading and other market activities of those market participants who believe that co-location enhances the efficiency of their operations. Accordingly, fees charged for colocation services are constrained by the active competition for the order flow of, and other business from, such market participants. If a particular exchange charges excessive fees for co-location services, affected market participants will opt to terminate their co-location arrangements with that exchange, and adopt a possible range of alternative strategies, including placing their servers in a physically proximate location outside the exchange’s data center (which could be a competing exchange), or pursuing strategies less dependent upon the lower exchange-toparticipant latency associated with colocation. Accordingly, the exchange charging excessive fees would stand to lose not only co-location revenues but also the liquidity of the formerly colocated trading firms, which could have additional follow-on effects on the market share and revenue of the affected exchange. In such an environment, the Exchange must continually review, and consider adjusting, its services and related fees and credits to remain competitive with other exchanges. For the reasons described above, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes reflect this competitive environment. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 16 of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b–4 17 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 under Section 19(b)(2)(B) 18 of the Act to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. 16 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 18 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 17 17 14 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Dec 11, 2017 15 15 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b)(8). Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58461 E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 58462 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 12, 2017 / Notices Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Electronic Comments [Release No. 34–82226; File No. SR– NYSEARCA–2017–134] • 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– NYSE–2017–62 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2017–62. 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 website (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 website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2017–62 and should be submitted on or before January 2, 2018. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–26685 Filed 12–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the NYSE Arca Options Fees and Charges and the NYSE Arca Equities Fees and Charges To Modify the Fees Related to Four Bundles of Co-Location Services in Connection With the Exchange’s CoLocation Services December 6, 2017. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that, on November 22, 2017, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘NYSE Arca’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the NYSE Arca Options Fees and Charges (the ‘‘Options Fee Schedule’’) and the NYSE Arca Equities Fees and Charges (the ‘‘Equities Fee Schedule’’ and, together with the Options Fee Schedule, the ‘‘Fee Schedules’’) to modify the fees related to four bundles of co-location services (‘‘Partial Cabinet Solution bundles’’) in connection with the Exchange’s co-location services. The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes effective January 1, 2018. The proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, 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 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Dec 11, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange’s Fee Schedules to modify the fees related to Partial Cabinet Solution bundles in connection with the Exchange’s co-location services.4 The Exchange offers the four Partial Cabinet Solution bundles in order to attract smaller Users, including those with minimal power or cabinet space demands or those for which the costs attendant with having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are too burdensome.5 Currently, the Exchange offers Users 6 that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2017 a 50% reduction in the monthly recurring charges (‘‘MRC’’) for the first 12 months.7 The Exchange now proposes to: • Extend the 50% reduction to those Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2018; and • increase the duration of the reduction from 12 months to 24 months. The Exchange also proposes that Users that already purchased a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the 4 The Exchange initially filed rule changes relating to its co-location services with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) in 2010. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63275 (November 8, 2010), 75 FR 70048 (November 16, 2010) (SR–NYSEArca–2010– 100) (the ‘‘Original Co-location Filing’’). The Exchange operates a data center in Mahwah, New Jersey (the ‘‘data center’’) from which it provides co-location services to Users. 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77070 (Feb. 5, 2016), 81 FR 7401 (Feb. 11, 2016) (SR– NYSEArca–2015–102). 6 For purposes of the Exchange’s co-location services, a ‘‘User’’ means any market participant that requests to receive co-location services directly from the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 76010 (September 29, 2015), 80 FR 60197 (October 5, 2015) (SR–NYSEArca–2015–82). As specified in the Fee Schedules, a User that incurs co-location fees for a particular co-location service pursuant thereto would not be subject to colocation fees for the same co-location service charged by the Exchange’s affiliates New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE LLC’’) and NYSE MKT LLC (‘‘NYSE MKT’’ and, together with NYSE LLC, the ‘‘Affiliate SROs’’). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 70173 (August 13, 2013), 78 FR 50459 (August 19, 2013) (SR–NYSEArca–2013–80). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79716 (Dec. 30, 2016), 82 FR 1774 (Jan. 6, 2017) (SR– NYSEArca–2016–168). E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1

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[Release No. 34-82223; File No. SR-NYSE-2017-62]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Amend the Exchange's Price List To Modify the Fees Related to Four 
Bundles of Co-Location Services in Connection With the Exchange's Co-
Location Services

December 6, 2017.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby given 
that, on November 22, 2017, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or 
the ``Exchange'') 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 the self-regulatory 
organization. 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).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
    \3\ 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

    The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange's Price List to modify 
the fees related to four bundles of co-location services (``Partial 
Cabinet Solution bundles'') in connection with the Exchange's co-
location services. The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes 
effective January 1, 2018. The proposed rule change is available on the 
Exchange's website at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the 
Exchange, 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 IV below. The Exchange has prepared 
summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most 
significant parts of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and the 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend the Exchange's Price List to modify 
the fees related to Partial Cabinet Solution bundles in connection with 
the Exchange's co-location services.\4\
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    \4\ The Exchange initially filed rule changes relating to its 
co-location services with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') in 2010. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 
62960 (Sept. 21, 2010), 75 FR 59310 (Sept. 27, 2010) (SR-NYSE-2010-
56) (the ``Original Co-location Filing''). The Exchange operates a 
data center in Mahwah, New Jersey (the ``data center'') from which 
it provides co-location services to Users.
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    The Exchange offers the four Partial Cabinet Solution bundles in 
order to attract smaller Users, including those with minimal power or 
cabinet space demands or those for which the costs attendant with 
having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are 
too burdensome.\5\
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77072 (Feb. 5, 
2016), 81 FR 7394 (Feb. 11, 2016) (SR-NYSE-2015-53).
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    Currently, the Exchange offers Users \6\ that purchase a Partial 
Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2017, a 50% reduction 
in the monthly recurring charges (``MRC'') for the first 12 months.\7\ 
The Exchange now proposes to:
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    \6\ For purposes of the Exchange's co-location services, a 
``User'' means any market participant that requests to receive co-
location services directly from the Exchange. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 76008 (Sept. 29, 2015), 80 FR 60190 (Oct. 
5, 2015) (SR-NYSE-2015-40). As specified in the Price List, a User 
that incurs co-location fees for a particular co-location service 
pursuant thereto would not be subject to co-location fees for the 
same co-location service charged by the Exchange's affiliates NYSE 
MKT LLC and NYSE Arca, Inc. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 
70206 (Aug. 15, 2013), 78 FR 51765 (Aug. 21, 2013) (SR-NYSE-2013-
59).
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79715 (Dec. 30, 
2016), 82 FR 1777 (Jan. 6, 2017) (SR-NYSE-2016-91).
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     Extend the 50% reduction to those Users that purchase a 
Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2018; and
     increase the duration of the reduction from 12 months to 
24 months.
    The Exchange also proposes that Users that already purchased a 
Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the duration of their 50% 
reduction increased from 12 months to 24 months as well.\8\
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    \8\ For each User that is currently benefitting from the 50% 
reduction, the additional 12 month period with the reduced price 
would begin when its current 12-month period ended. For each User 
whose 12-month period with the reduced price has ended, the 
additional 12-month period would begin upon the implementation of 
the proposed fee changes.
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    The Exchange proposes to implement the fee changes effective 
January 1, 2018.
    Specifically, the Exchange proposes to modify its Price List so 
that it reads as follows:

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         Type of service              Description      Amount of charge
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Partial Cabinet Solution bundles  Option A:.........  $7,500 initial
Note: A User and its Affiliates   1 kW partial         charge per bundle
 are limited to one Partial        cabinet, 1 LCN      plus monthly
 Cabinet Solution bundle at a      connection (1       charge per bundle
 time. A User and its Affiliates   Gb), 1 IP network   as follows:
 must have an Aggregate Cabinet    connection (1       For Users
 Footprint of 2 kW or less to      Gb), 2 fiber        that order on or
 qualify for a Partial Cabinet     cross connections   before December
 Solution bundle. See Note 2       and either the      31, 2018: $3,000
 under ``General Notes.''.         Network Time        monthly for first
                                   Protocol Feed or    24 months of
                                   Precision Timing    service, and
                                   Protocol.           $6,000 monthly
                                                       thereafter
                                                       For Users
                                                       that order after
                                                       December 31,
                                                       2018: $6,000
                                                       monthly.

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                                  Option B:.........  $7,500 initial
                                  2 kW partial         charge per bundle
                                   cabinet, 1 LCN      plus monthly
                                   connection (1       charge per bundle
                                   Gb), 1 IP network   as follows:
                                   connection (1       For Users
                                   Gb), 2 fiber        that order on or
                                   cross connections   before December
                                   and either the      31, 2018: $3,500
                                   Network Time        monthly for first
                                   Protocol Feed or    24 months of
                                   Precision Timing    service, and
                                   Protocol.           $7,000 monthly
                                                       thereafter
                                                       For Users
                                                       that order after
                                                       December 31,
                                                       2018: $7,000
                                                       monthly.
                                  Option C:.........  $10,000 initial
                                  1 kW partial         charge per bundle
                                   cabinet, 1 LCN      plus monthly
                                   connection (10      charge per bundle
                                   Gb), 1 IP network   as follows:
                                   connection (10      For Users
                                   Gb), 2 fiber        that order on or
                                   cross connections   before December
                                   and either the      31, 2018: $7,000
                                   Network Time        monthly for first
                                   Protocol Feed or    24 months of
                                   Precision Timing    service, and
                                   Protocol.           $14,000 monthly
                                                       thereafter
                                                       For Users
                                                       that order after
                                                       December 31,
                                                       2018: $14,000
                                                       monthly.
                                  Option D:.........  $10,000 initial
                                  2 kW partial         charge per bundle
                                   cabinet, 1 LCN      plus monthly
                                   connection (10      charge per bundle
                                   Gb), 1 IP network   as follows:
                                   connection (10      For Users
                                   Gb), 2 fiber        that order on or
                                   cross connections   before December
                                   and either the      31, 2018: $7,500
                                   Network Time        monthly for first
                                   Protocol Feed or    24 months of
                                   Precision Timing    service, and
                                   Protocol.           $15,000 monthly
                                                       thereafter
                                                       For Users
                                                       that order after
                                                       December 31,
                                                       2018: $15,000
                                                       monthly.
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    The Exchange is not proposing any other changes to the Partial 
Cabinet Solution bundles.\9\
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    \9\ The Commission notes that previous filings stated that Users 
that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle would be subject to 
a 90-day minimum commitment, after which period they are subject to 
a 60-day rolling time period. The Exchange has represented to 
Commission staff that these provisions have not changed.
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    As is the case with all Exchange co-location arrangements, (i) 
neither a User nor any of the User's customers would be permitted to 
submit orders directly to the Exchange unless such User or customer is 
a member organization, a Sponsored Participant or an agent thereof 
(e.g., a service bureau providing order entry services); (ii) use of 
the co-location services proposed herein would be completely voluntary 
and available to all Users on a non-discriminatory basis; \10\ and 
(iii) a User would only incur one charge for the particular co-location 
service described herein, regardless of whether the User connects only 
to the Exchange or to the Exchange and one or both of its 
affiliates.\11\
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    \10\ As is currently the case, Users that receive co-location 
services from the Exchange will not receive any means of access to 
the Exchange's trading and execution systems that is separate from, 
or superior to, that of other Users. In this regard, all orders sent 
to the Exchange enter the Exchange's trading and execution systems 
through the same order gateway, regardless of whether the sender is 
co-located in the data center or not. In addition, co-located Users 
do not receive any market data or data service product that is not 
available to all Users, although Users that receive co-location 
services normally would expect reduced latencies in sending orders 
to, and receiving market data from, the Exchange.
    \11\ See SR-NYSE-2013-59, supra note 6, at 51766. The Exchange's 
affiliates have also submitted substantially the same proposed rule 
change to propose the changes described herein. See SR-NYSEAMER-
2017-35 and SR-NYSEArca-2017-134.
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2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes are consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\12\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Sections 6(b)(5) of the Act,\13\ in particular, because 
it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and 
practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, 
clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and 
facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to, and 
perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national market 
system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest 
and because it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between 
customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers.
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    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule changes provide for 
the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges 
among its members, issuers and other persons using its facilities, and 
are not designed to permit unfair discrimination between customers, 
issuers, brokers, or dealers, because the Exchange proposes to offer 
the 50% reduction in the MRC, and the increase in the duration of the 
reduction from 12 months to 24 months, to all Users equally. As is 
currently the case, the purchase of any colocation service (including 
Partial Cabinet Solution bundles) is completely voluntary. All Users 
that order a bundle on or before December 31, 2018 would have their MRC 
reduced by 50% for the first 24 months.
    The Exchange believes that extending the 50% reduction in the MRC 
for Partial Cabinet Solution bundles, and increasing the duration of 
the reduction, is not designed to permit unfair discrimination between 
customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers because the Partial Cabinet 
Solution bundles would continue to offer four different Partial Cabinet 
Solution bundles with options with respect to cabinet footprint and 
network connections. Users that require other sizes or combinations of 
cabinets, network connections and cross connects could still request 
them.
    In addition, the Exchange believes that its proposal would remove 
impediments to, and perfects the mechanisms of, a free and open market 
and a national market system and, in general, protects investors and 
the public interest because the proposed extension of the 50% reduction 
in MRC and the proposed increase in the duration of the reduction would 
continue to make it more cost effective for Users to utilize co-
location by creating a convenient way to create a colocation 
environment, through four Partial Cabinet Solution bundles with options 
with respect to cabinet footprint and network connections. The Exchange 
expects that such Users would include those with minimal power or 
cabinet space demands and Users for which the costs attendant with 
having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are 
too burdensome.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed change to have Users that 
already purchased a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the duration 
of their 50% reduction increased from 12 months to 24 months is 
designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative

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acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, 
to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in 
regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, 
and facilitating transactions in securities, to remove impediments to, 
and perfect the mechanisms of, a free and open market and a national 
market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public 
interest and because it is not designed to permit unfair discrimination 
between customers, issuers, brokers, or dealers, because it would 
ensure that all Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle 
prior to December 31, 2018 benefit from the 50% reduction for a total 
of 24 months.
    The Exchange also believes that the proposed rule changes are 
consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,\14\ in particular, because 
it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and 
other charges among its members, issuers and other persons using its 
facilities and does not unfairly discriminate between customers, 
issuers, brokers or dealers.
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    \14\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    The Exchange believes that it is reasonable that Users that order a 
Partial Cabinet Solution bundle on or before December 31, 2018 would 
have their MRC reduced by 50% for the first 24 months because it is 
reasonable to continue to offer such reduction as an incentive to Users 
to utilize the service, including both new and past Users of bundles. 
As noted above, the Exchange anticipates that Users of the Partial 
Cabinet Solution bundles would include those with minimum power or 
cabinet space demands and Users for which the costs attendant with 
having a dedicated cabinet or greater network connection bandwidth are 
too burdensome.
    For the reasons above, the proposed changes do not unfairly 
discriminate between or among market participants that are otherwise 
capable of satisfying any applicable co-location fees, requirements, 
terms and conditions established from time to time by the Exchange.
    Finally, the Exchange believes that it is subject to significant 
competitive forces, as described below in the Exchange's statement 
regarding the burden on competition.
    For these reasons, the Exchange believes that the proposal is 
consistent with the Act.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    In accordance with Section 6(b)(8) of the Act,\15\ the Exchange 
believes that the proposed rule changes will not impose any burden on 
competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act because, in addition to the proposed services being 
completely voluntary, they are available to all Users on an equal basis 
(i.e. the same products and services are available to all Users, and 
the extension of the 50% reduction for the MRC for the Partial Cabinet 
Solution bundles, and the increased duration of the reduction, would 
apply to all Users).
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(8).
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    The Exchange believes that extending the 50% reduction in the MRC 
and increasing the duration of the reduction will not impose any burden 
on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of 
the purposes of the Act because such access will continue to satisfy 
User demand for cost effective options for smaller Users that choose to 
utilize co-location. All Users that order a bundle on or before 
December 31, 2018 would have their MRC reduced by 50% for the first 24 
months. The Exchange believes that the proposed change to have Users 
that already purchased a Partial Cabinet Solution bundle have the 
duration of their 50% reduction increased from 12 months to 24 months 
would ensure that all Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution 
bundle prior to December 31, 2018 benefit from the 50% reduction for a 
total of 24 months.
    The proposed changes will also enhance competition by making it 
more cost effective for Users that purchase a Partial Cabinet Solution 
bundle to utilize co-location by creating a convenient way to create a 
colocation environment, through Partial Cabinet Solution bundles with 
options with respect to cabinet footprint and network connections at a 
reduced MRC for the first 24 months. Such Users may choose to pass on 
such cost savings to their customers.
    The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which 
exchanges offer co-location services as a means to facilitate the 
trading and other market activities of those market participants who 
believe that co-location enhances the efficiency of their operations. 
Accordingly, fees charged for co-location services are constrained by 
the active competition for the order flow of, and other business from, 
such market participants. If a particular exchange charges excessive 
fees for co-location services, affected market participants will opt to 
terminate their co-location arrangements with that exchange, and adopt 
a possible range of alternative strategies, including placing their 
servers in a physically proximate location outside the exchange's data 
center (which could be a competing exchange), or pursuing strategies 
less dependent upon the lower exchange-to-participant latency 
associated with co-location. Accordingly, the exchange charging 
excessive fees would stand to lose not only co-location revenues but 
also the liquidity of the formerly co-located trading firms, which 
could have additional follow-on effects on the market share and revenue 
of the affected exchange. In such an environment, the Exchange must 
continually review, and consider adjusting, its services and related 
fees and credits to remain competitive with other exchanges.
    For the reasons described above, the Exchange believes that the 
proposed rule changes reflect this competitive environment.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

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

    The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) \16\ of the Act and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 \17\ 
thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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 under 
Section 19(b)(2)(B) \18\ of the Act to determine whether the proposed 
rule change should be approved or disapproved.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \17\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(2).
    \18\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
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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 is consistent with the Act.

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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 [email protected]. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2017-62 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2017-62. 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 website (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 website viewing and printing in 
the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 
20549 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 
3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection 
and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments 
received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are 
cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying 
information from comment submissions. You should submit only 
information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions 
should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2017-62 and should be submitted on 
or before January 2, 2018.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\19\
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    \19\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-26685 Filed 12-11-17; 8:45 am]
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