Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE American LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amending Its NYSE American Equities Price List and Fee Schedule and the NYSE American Options Fee Schedule Related to Co-Location Services, 68220-68225 [2019-26834]

Download as PDF 68220 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION of the most significant parts of such statements. [Release No. 34–87684; File No. SR– NYSEAMER–2019–52] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE American LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amending Its NYSE American Equities Price List and Fee Schedule and the NYSE American Options Fee Schedule Related to CoLocation Services December 9, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on November 25, 2019, NYSE American LLC (‘‘NYSE American’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its NYSE American Equities Price List and Fee Schedule (’’ Price List and Fee Schedule’’) and the NYSE American Options Fee Schedule (‘‘Fee Schedule’’) related to co-location services to eliminate (a) a connectivity option whose manufacturer will no longer support a key component of the network hardware, and (b) services that are no longer utilized by Users. 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, 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b) (1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend the Price List and Fee Schedule related to co-location 4 services offered by the Exchange to eliminate (a) a connectivity option whose manufacturer will no longer support a key component of the network hardware, and (b) services that are no longer utilized by Users.5 Proposed Change LCN 10 Gb Circuit Among other connectivity options, Users are able to connect to the Exchange over the Liquidity Center Network (‘‘LCN’’), a local area network available in the data center.6 LCN access is available at 1, 10 and 40 Gb bandwidth capacities. Currently, Users have two 10 Gb options for LCN access: • LCN 10 Gb, which has been in place since 2010,7 and • LCN 10 Gb LX, which was introduced in 2013.8 The LCN 10 Gb LX has a lower latency than the LCN 10 Gb connection, and has latency levels substantially similar to those of the LCN 40 Gb connection.9 Between the two 10 Gb 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. 62961 (September 21, 2010), 75 FR 59299 (September 27, 2010) (SR–NYSEAmex–2010– 80). The Exchange operates a data center in Mahwah, New Jersey (the ‘‘data center’’) from which it provides co-location services to Users. 5 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. 76009 (September 29, 2015), 80 FR 60213 (October 5, 2015) (SR–NYSEMKT–2015–67). As specified in the Price List and Fee Schedule, a User that incurs co-location fees for a particular colocation service pursuant thereto would not be subject to co-location fees for the same co-location service charged by the Exchange’s affiliates the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’), NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’), NYSE Chicago, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Chicago’’), and NYSE National, Inc. (‘‘NYSE National’’ and together, the ‘‘Affiliate SROs’’). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 70176 (August 13, 2013), 78 FR 50471 (August 19, 2013) (SR– NYSEMKT–2013–67). 6 The other local area network is the internet protocol (‘‘IP’’) network. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79728 (January 4, 2017), 82 FR 3035 (January 10, 2017) (SR–NYSEMKT–2016–126). 7 See 75 FR 59299, supra note 4, at 59299. 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 70886 (November 15, 2013), 78 FR 69904 (November 21, 2013) (SR–NYSEMKT–2013–92); and 70982 (December 4, 2013), 78 FR 74197 (December 10, 2013) (SR–NYSEMKT–2013–97). 9 See 78 FR 69904 supra note 8, at 69905. PO 00000 Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 LCN alternatives, the vast majority (80%) of User connections are the newer LCN 10Gb LX connections. The Exchange proposes to cease offering the LCN 10 Gb connection. The Exchange does not propose the current change lightly: It recognizes that removing the LCN 10 Gb connection from its Price List and Fee Schedule would eliminate a connectivity option previously available to Users. For the reasons discussed below, however, the Exchange has concluded that the proposed change is necessary because it believes that if it does not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connections, the Exchange’s ability to provide support or supplies to Users with LCN 10 Gb connections would be compromised. For each LCN connection, the network hardware relies on a switch, which acts as the ‘‘gatekeeper’’ for a User’s inbound messaging (e.g., orders and quotes) sent to the Exchange’s trading and execution system and the Exchange’s outbound messaging (e.g., market data and drop copies) within the data center.10 Switches are manufactured and sold to the Exchange by third parties. Currently, the LCN 1 Gb and LCN 10 Gb connections use one type of switch (the ‘‘First Switch’’) and the LCN 10 Gb LX and LCN 40 Gb connections use a second type of switch (the ‘‘Second Switch’’).11 The manufacturer of the First Switch made an ‘‘end of life’’ (‘‘EOL’’) announcement notifying customers that the First Switch is being discontinued. The manufacturer stated that it is phasing out the provision of replacement parts and support for the First Switch. Per its EOL notice, it has ceased offering the First Switch, and, as of January 1, 2020: 12 • It has no commitment to furnish software engineering level support for the operating system software licensed for the First Switch. No further service or maintenance releases or patches will be created to support the First Switch. • It has no commitment to perform hardware engineering level support, including hardware modifications and failure analysis, for hardware defects. As a consequence, the Exchange will not be able to provide Users with new LCN 10 Gb connections or give the present level of support to existing ones, and so it proposes to discontinue the 10 See id. id. at note 7. 12 ‘‘JTAC Technical Bulletin,’’ at https:// kb.juniper.net/resources/sites/CUSTOMER SERVICE/content/live/TECHNICAL_BULLETINS/ 16000/TSB16960/en_US/TSB16960.pdf. See also ‘‘Juniper Networks Product End-of-Life,’’ at https:// support.juniper.net/support/pdf/eol/990833.pdf. 11 See E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices service and remove it from the Price List and Fee Schedule.13 The Exchange plans to implement the change during the first half of 2020.14 It will announce the implementation date through a customer notice. After the implementation date, the Exchange will not accept new orders for LCN 10 Gb connections.15 To provide time for Users that have LCN 10 Gb connections (‘‘Current Users’’) to implement any changes, the Exchange proposes to give them a six month grace period, starting on the implementation date. After the grace period ends, any remaining LCN 10 Gb connections will be terminated. The Exchange also proposes to waive any change fees 16 and non-recurring charges 17 that a Current User would otherwise incur as a result of the proposed change. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Bundled Network Access The Exchange currently offers a pair of ‘‘bundled’’ connectivity options (‘‘Bundled Network Access’’) at 1 and 13 The Price List and Fee Schedule provide that a User that purchased five 10 Gb LCN connections would be charged the initial fee for a sixth 10 Gb LCN connection but would not be charged the monthly fee that would otherwise be applicable. Currently, no Users qualify for the discount. As part of the proposed change, the provision would be deleted. 14 Also during the first half of 2020, the Exchange expects to update the network hardware of the LCN 10 Gb LX and LCN 40 Gb connections by replacing the Second Switch with a new switch (the ‘‘New Switch’’). The Exchange plans to update the LCN 1 Gb network hardware with the New Switch as well, which would allow the Exchange to continue to offer the LCN 1 Gb circuit despite the EOL of the First Switch. Because the New Switch, like the Second Switch, will provide a lower-latency connection, the Exchange expects that the latency of the LCN 1 Gb will decrease. The Exchange does not propose to make a similar change to the LCN 10 Gb network hardware because, if it did, there would be no difference between the LCN 10 Gb and the LCN 10 Gb LX connection: They would have the same bandwidth and latency levels. However, the two services cannot have the same latency. Rather, as the Exchange has stated, the LCN 10 Gb LX has a lower latency than the LCN 10 Gb connection. 78 FR 69904 supra note 8, at 69905. Its latency levels are similar to those of the LCN 40 Gb connection, and the same fees are assessed for both services. See 78 FR 74197 supra note 8, at 74197–74198. In addition, the Exchange does not believe that it would be reasonable or equitable to charge different fees for equivalent services. See id. 15 The Exchange believes that it has enough First Switches to fulfil any orders it may receive prior to the implementation date. 16 The Exchange charges a User a ‘‘Change Fee’’ if the User requests a change to one or more existing co-location services that the Exchange has already established or completed for the User. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67665 (August 15, 2012), 77 FR 50734 (August 22, 2012) (SR– NYSEMKT–2012–11). 17 Co-location connectivity services have a nonrecurring initial charge. For example, the LCN 10 Gb LX has a $15,000 initial charge per connection. See 78 FR 74197 supra note 8, at 74198. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 10 Gb bandwidths,18 but no User is utilizing one. Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to discontinue the Bundled Network Access options and remove references to the related pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule. The change would be consistent with previous practice: In 2014 and 2016 previously existing bundled network access connectivity options were discontinued, as they were no longer utilized by Users.19 Application and Impact of the Proposed Change The proposed change would not apply differently to distinct types or sizes of market participants. Rather, it would apply to all Users equally. As is currently the case, the purchase of any colocation service is completely voluntary and the Price List and Fee Schedule are applied uniformly to all Users. LCN 10 Gb As a consequence of the manufacturer’s declaration of EOL for the First Switch, the Exchange will not be able to provide Users with new LCN 10 Gb connections or give the present level of support to the nine Current Users’ existing LCN 10 Gb connections. Accordingly, after the implementation date, the Exchange will not accept new orders for LCN 10 Gb connections and, after the grace period, it will terminate any remaining LCN 10 Gb connections. The Exchange also proposes to waive any change fees and non-recurring charges that a Current User would otherwise incur as a result of the proposed change. The Current Users have several options available to them upon termination of the LCN 10 GB connections: • A Current User may move to the faster LCN 10 Gb LX connection. The change would increase the User’s monthly recurring charge from $14,000 to $22,000, but the User would benefit from a faster connection while maintaining the same amount of bandwidth and system redundancy. • A Current User may move to the slower IP Network, which offers a 10 Gb circuit alternative. The change would lower the User’s monthly recurring charge from $14,000 to $11,000. The connection would have greater latency, but the User would maintain the same bandwidth and resiliency. 18 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 77973 (June 2, 2016), 81 FR 36975 (June 8, 2016) (SR– NYSEMKT–2016–57). 19 See id. and Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72719 (July 30, 2014), 79 FR 45502 (August 5, 2014) (SR–NYSEMKT–2014–61). PO 00000 Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68221 • A Current User may opt to re-tailor its system to reduce the number of LCN connections it has. For example, a Current User with two LCN 10 Gb connections could consolidate them into one LCN 40 Gb connection. The change would decrease the User’s monthly recurring charge from $28,000 to $22,000 while allowing it to benefit from a faster connection and increased bandwidth, although it would reduce the redundancy of its connection. • A Current User may opt to become a ‘‘Hosted Customer’’ by being hosted by another User (a ‘‘Hosting User’’), or to cross connect to another User within colocation, either of which would likely decrease its monthly connectivity costs and available bandwidth.20 The Exchange expects to work with the Current Users to implement the change. Bundled Network Access As no Users utilize a Bundled Network Access option, no Users will be impacted by the proposed change. Competitive Environment The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which exchanges and other vendors (e.g., Hosting Users) 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. The Commission has repeatedly expressed its preference for competition over regulatory intervention in determining prices, products, and services in the securities markets. Specifically, in Regulation NMS, the Commission highlighted the importance of market forces in determining prices and SRO revenues and, also, recognized that current regulation of the market system ‘‘has been remarkably successful in promoting market competition in its broader forms that are most important to investors and listed companies.’’ 21 General 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 20 See 76009 (September 29, 2015), 80 FR 60213 (October 5, 2015) (SR–NYSEMKT–2015–67). The Exchange does not have visibility into what other Users, including Hosting Users, charge or the bandwidth they offer, but to the best of its knowledge no Hosting User offers its hosted customers a 10 Gb connection. 21 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005). E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 68222 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices 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; 22 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 more of the Affiliate SROs.23 The proposed change is not otherwise intended to address any other issues relating to co-location services and/or related fees, and the Exchange is not aware of any problems that Users would have in complying with the proposed change. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The Proposed Rule Change Is Reasonable The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is reasonable for the following reasons. As a consequence of the manufacturer’s declaration of the First Switch’s EOL, the Exchange believes that, if it did not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connections, it would be unable to provide the current level of support to Users that have such connections. More specifically, pursuant to its EOL, the manufacturer is ceasing to offer the First Switch and terminating its software and hardware engineering level support. As a result, when the inevitable hardware or software issues involving the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not 2. Statutory Basis have the manufacturer resources The Exchange believes that the available to solve connectivity issues or proposed rule change is consistent with replace switches, and Users’ Section 6(b) of the Act,24 in general, and connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut off. At the furthers the objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and (5) of the Act,25 in particular, same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 Gb connection, the because it provides for the equitable Exchange would not be able to obtain allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and one. Accordingly, the Exchange believes other charges among its members, that it is reasonable to eliminate the issuers and other persons using its LCN 10 Gb connectivity option. facilities and does not unfairly The Exchange believes that the discriminate between customers, proposed change will facilitate its issuers, brokers or dealers. In addition, compliance with the requirements of it is designed to foster cooperation and Regulation Systems Compliance and coordination with persons engaged in Integrity (‘‘SCI’’).26 The LCN is an SCI regulating, clearing, settling, processing system 27 of the Exchange, which is information with respect to, and itself an SCI entity. Accordingly, the facilitating transactions in securities, to Exchange is obligated to have remove impediments to, and perfect the reasonable policies and procedures in mechanisms of, a free and open market place to ensure the LCN has a level of and a national market system and, in capacity, integrity, resiliency, general, to protect investors and the availability and security, adequate to public interest and because it is not maintain the Exchange’s operational designed to permit unfair capability and promote the maintenance discrimination between customers, of fair and orderly markets.28 Because issuers, brokers, or dealers. the manufacturer is ceasing to offer the First Switch, if the Exchange is unable to eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connectivity 22 As is currently the case, Users that receive colocation services from the Exchange will not receive option its reasonable policies and procedures would need to contemplate any means of access to the Exchange’s trading and execution systems that is separate from, or superior being unable to resolve connectivity to, that of other Users. In this regard, all orders sent issues related to First Switches or even to the Exchange enter the Exchange’s trading and replace them. Regulation SCI also execution systems through the same order gateway, obligates SCI entities such as the regardless of whether the sender is co-located in the Exchange to take corrective action upon data center or not. In addition, co-located Users do the occurrence of an SCI event to not receive any market data or data service product that is not available to all Users, although Users that mitigate potential harm to investors and receive co-location services normally would expect reduced latencies, as compared to Users that are not co-located, in sending orders to, and receiving market data from, the Exchange. 23 See 78 FR 50471, supra note 5, at 50471. Each Affiliate SRO has submitted substantially the same proposed rule change to propose the changes described herein. See SR–NYSE–2019–66, SR– NYSEArca–2019–85, SR–NYSECHX–2019–23, and SR–NYSENAT–2019–29. 24 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 25 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4) and (5). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 26 17 CFR 242.1000 through 242.1007; see also Securities Exchange Act Release No. 73639, 79 FR 72251 (December 5, 2015) (adopting Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity). 27 ‘‘SCI systems’’ means ‘‘all computer, network, electronic, technical, automated, or similar systems of, or operated by or on behalf of, an SCI entity that, with respect to securities, directly support trading, clearance and settlement, order routing, market data, market regulation, or market surveillance.’’ 17 CFR 242.1000. 28 79 FR 72251, supra note 26, at 72256–72257. PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 market integrity. The Exchange’s ability to take such action promptly and effectively, if needed, with respect to the LCN 10 Gb connection would be severely limited by its inability to seek support from the manufacturer should issues arise with the First Switch. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that, in light of the EOL of the First Switch, the proposed change to eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connectivity option is a reasonable solution. The Exchange believes the situation is analogous to when an SCI entity determines to utilize a third party to operate an SCI system on its behalf. As the Commission has noted, in such case, the SCI entity ‘‘is responsible for having in place processes and requirements to ensure that it is able to satisfy the requirements of Regulation SCI for systems operated on behalf of the SCI entity by a third party.’’ 29 Likewise, ‘‘if an SCI entity is uncertain of its ability to manage a third-party relationship (whether through due diligence, contract terms, monitoring, or other methods) to satisfy the requirements of Regulation SCI, then it would need to reassess its decision to outsource the applicable system to such third party.’’ 30 In the present case, the third party that provides the First Switch, an important part of the network hardware for the LCN 10 Gb connection, has declared its intention to discontinue both production of and technical support for the First Switch. Given that, the Exchange has assessed its ability to manage the LCN 10 Gb connection going forward, and has concluded that it cannot continue to offer a product that relies on the First Switch. The Exchange believes that providing Current Users with a six month grace period and waiving any applicable change fees and non-recurring charges would be reasonable because Current Users would be terminating their LCN 10 Gb connections at the Exchange’s request. The grace period would provide a Current User with time to terminate its LCN 10 Gb connection, move to an LCN 10 Gb LX connection, move to a 10 Gb IP network connection, re-tailor its system to reduce the number of connections, become a Hosted Customer, cross-connect to another User, or otherwise adjust for the change. The fee waivers would help to alleviate the burden of the change on the Current Users. With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes that the proposed change is reasonable because it would permit the Exchange to 29 Id. at 72276. 30 Id. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices streamline the offerings available to Users in the data center by eliminating services that Users no longer utilize and, by removing references to related pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule, make the Price List and Fee Schedule easier to read, understand and administer. In addition, removing services that Users do not utilize from the co-location offerings would contribute to a more efficient process for managing the various services offered to Users, which would improve the utilization of the data center resources, both with respect to personnel and infrastructure, including hardware and software. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The Proposed Rule Change Is Equitable The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is an equitable allocation of its fees and credits for the following reasons. The Exchange believes that providing Current Users with a six month grace period and waiving any applicable change fees and non-recurring charges would be equitable because Current Users would be terminating their LCN 10 Gb connections at the Exchange’s request. The grace period would provide a Current User with time to terminate its LCN 10 Gb connection, move to an LCN 10 Gb LX connection, move to a 10 Gb IP network connection, re-tailor its system to reduce the number of connections, become a Hosted Customer, cross-connect to another User, or otherwise adjust for the change. The fee waivers would help to alleviate the burden of the change on the Current Users. With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes that the proposed change is reasonable because it would permit the Exchange to streamline the offerings available to Users in the data center by eliminating services that Users no longer utilize and, by removing references to related pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule, make the Price List and Fee Schedule easier to read, understand and administer. The Proposed Rule Change Would Protect Investors and the Public Interest The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, protect investors and the public interest for the following reasons. It would be against the protection of investors and the public interest if the Exchange were to continue to offer an older connectivity option that it could not support at current levels, or if, as a consequence of the EOL, Users’ connectivity was compromised or they VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 were wholly unable to use it to connect to the Exchange. As noted above, as a consequence of the manufacturer’s declaration of the First Switch’s EOL, if the Exchange did not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connections, the Exchange believes it would be unable to provide the current level of support to Users that have such connections. When the inevitable hardware or software issues involving the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not have the manufacturer resources available to solve connectivity issues or replace switches, and Users’ connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut off. At the same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 Gb connection, the Exchange would not be able to obtain one. The Exchange believes that the proposed change will protect investors and the public interest because it will facilitate the Exchange’s compliance with the requirements of Regulation SCI. The Exchange is obligated to have reasonable policies and procedures in place to ensure the LCN, as an SCI system, has a level of capacity, integrity, resiliency, availability and security, adequate to maintain the Exchange’s operational capability and promote the maintenance of fair and orderly markets.31 Because the manufacturer is ceasing to offer the First Switch, if the Exchange is unable to eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connectivity option its reasonable policies and procedures would need to contemplate being unable to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even replace them. Regulation SCI also obligates SCI entities such as the Exchange to take corrective action upon the occurrence of an SCI event to mitigate potential harm to investors and market integrity. The Exchange’s ability to take such action promptly and effectively, if needed, with respect to the LCN 10 Gb connection would be severely limited by its inability to seek support from the manufacturer should issues arise with the First Switch. Not being able to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even replace them would make the Exchange’s compliance with Regulation SCI suboptimal. With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes that the proposed change would protect investors and the public interest because it would permit the Exchange to streamline the offerings available to Users in the data center by eliminating services that Users no longer utilize and, by removing references to related pricing from the Price List and Fee 31 Id. PO 00000 Frm 00124 Schedule, make the Price List and Fee Schedule easier to read, understand and administer. The Proposed Change Is Not Unfairly Discriminatory The Exchange believes that the proposed change is not unfairly discriminatory for the following reasons. The proposed change would not apply differently to distinct types or sizes of market participants. Rather, it would apply to all Users equally. As a consequence of the manufacturer’s declaration of EOL for the First Switch, the Exchange will not be able to provide any Users with new LCN 10 Gb connections or give the present level of support to Current Users’ existing ones. In addition, no Users would be able to purchase the Bundled Network Access. The Exchange believes that, because no Users utilize such services, it would be equitable and not unfairly discriminatory to discontinue the services. At the same time, Users would continue to have the choice of purchasing an LCN 1 Gb, LCN 10 Gb LX, LCN 40 Gb or IP network connection or any of the other connectivity options available. Use of any co-location service is completely voluntary, and each market participant is able to determine whether to use co-location services based on the requirements of its business operations. 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. 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,32 the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will not impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Intramarket Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed change would place any burden on intramarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate. The proposed change would not apply differently to distinct types or sizes of market participants. Rather, it would 32 15 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68223 E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78f(b)(8). 13DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 68224 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices apply to all Users equally: No Users would be able to purchase a LCN 10 Gb connection or Bundled Network Access. The Exchange does not propose the current change lightly: It recognizes that removing the LCN 10 Gb connection from its Price List and Fee Schedule would eliminate a connectivity option previously available to Users. As a consequence of the change, nine Current Users would be required to terminate their LCN 10 Gb connections and either move to LCN 10 Gb LX connections, move to 10 Gb IP network connections, re-tailor their systems to reduce the number of connections, become Hosted Customers, cross-connect to other Users, or otherwise adjust for the change. Nonetheless, the Exchange believes that the change is necessary and appropriate because, as a consequence of the manufacturer’s declaration of the First Switch’s EOL, if the Exchange did not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connections, the Exchange’s ability to provide support or supplies to Users that have such connections would be compromised. Not being able to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even replace them would make the Exchange’s compliance with Regulation SCI suboptimal. When the inevitable hardware or software issues involving the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not have the manufacturer resources available to solve connectivity issues or replace switches. Users’ connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut off. At the same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 Gb connection, the Exchange would not be able to obtain one. It would be contrary to the protection of investors and the public interest if the Exchange were to continue to offer a connectivity option that it could not support, or if Users were compromised or wholly unable to use their connectivity to connect to the Exchange. The Exchange believes that providing Current Users with a six month grace period and waiving any applicable change fees and non-recurring charges would not place any burden on intramarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate because Current Users would be terminating their LCN 10 Gb connections at the Exchange’s request. The grace period would provide a Current User with time to terminate its LCN 10 Gb connections and adjust for the change, while the fee waivers would help to alleviate the burden of the change. With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes that the proposed change would not place any burden on intramarket competition that VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 is not necessary or appropriate, as currently no Users utilize the service, and so no Users would be affected. The change would permit the Exchange to streamline the offerings available to Users in the data center and, by removing references to related pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule, make the Price List and Fee Schedule easier to read, understand and administer. In addition, removing services that Users do not utilize from the co-location offerings would contribute to a more efficient process for managing the various services offered to Users, which would improve the utilization of the data center resources, both with respect to personnel and infrastructure, including hardware and software. Users would continue to have the choice of purchasing an LCN 1 Gb, LCN 10 Gb LX, LCN 40 Gb or IP network connection or any of the other connectivity options available. Use of any co-location service is completely voluntary, and each market participant is able to determine whether to use colocation services based on the requirements of its business operations. Intermarket Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed fee would impose any burden on intermarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate. The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which exchanges and other vendors (i.e., Hosting Users) 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. The Commission has repeatedly expressed its preference for competition over regulatory intervention in determining prices, products, and services in the securities markets. Specifically, in Regulation NMS, the Commission highlighted the importance of market forces in determining prices and SRO revenues and, also, recognized that current regulation of the market system ‘‘has been remarkably successful in promoting market competition in its broader forms that are most important to investors and listed companies.’’ 33 As noted above, the Exchange recognizes that removing the LCN 10 Gb connection from its Price List and Fee 33 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005). PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Schedule would eliminate a connectivity option previously available to Users. Indeed, the proposed change may negatively impact the Exchange’s revenues, since Current Users may opt to re-tailor their systems to reduce the number of connections, move to 10 Gb IP network connections, re-tailor become Hosted Customers, or crossconnect to another User. Such choices, any of which would reduce revenue, may be more attractive to Users as a consequence of the change. Nonetheless, the Exchange believes that the change is necessary and appropriate because, as a consequence of the manufacturer’s declaration of the First Switch’s EOL, if the Exchange did not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connections, the Exchange’s ability to provide support or supplies to Users that have such connections would be compromised. Not being able to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even replace them would make the Exchange’s compliance with Regulation SCI suboptimal. When the inevitable hardware or software issues involving the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not have the manufacturer resources available to solve connectivity issues or replace switches. Users’ connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut off. At the same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 Gb connection, the Exchange would not be able to obtain one. It would be contrary to the protection of investors and the public interest if the Exchange were to continue to offer a connectivity option that it could not support, or if Users were compromised or wholly unable to use their connectivity to connect to the Exchange. For the reasons described above, the Exchange believes that the proposed rule change reflects 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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 34 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.35 Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) 34 15 35 17 E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.36 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) 37 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. 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– NYSEAMER–2019–52 on the subject line. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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–NYSEAMER–2019–52. 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 36 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 37 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 68225 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–NYSEAMER–2019–52 and should be submitted on or before January 3, 2020. to be assessed on Members. The proposed rule change was immediately effective upon filing with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act.3 The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 21, 2019.4 The Commission received one comment letter on the proposed rule change, and one response letter from the Exchange.5 On September 27, 2019, the Commission temporarily suspended the proposed rule change and instituted proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change.6 On November 21, 2019, the Exchange withdrew the proposed rule change (SR–CboeBYX–2019–013). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.38 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Withdrawal of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fee Schedule Assessed on Members To Establish a Monthly Trading Rights Fee [FR Doc. 2019–26834 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–26839 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87687; File No. SR– CboeBZX–2019–072] December 9, 2019. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–87689; File No. SR– CboeBYX–2019–013] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Withdrawal of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Fee Schedule Assessed on Members To Establish a Monthly Trading Rights Fee On August 1, 2019, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BZX’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend the BZX Fee Schedule to establish a monthly Trading Rights Fee to be assessed on Members. The proposed rule change was immediately effective upon filing with the December 9, 2019. On August 1, 2019, Cboe BYX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BYX’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend the BYX Fee Schedule to establish a monthly Trading Rights Fee 38 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). Securities Exchange Act Release No. 86685 (August 15, 2019), 84 FR 43627. 5 See Letters from: Theodore R. Lazo, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, SIFMA, dated September 12, 2019; Adrian Griffiths, Assistant General Counsel, Cboe, dated September 25, 2019. Comment letters are available on the Commission’s website at: https://www.sec.gov/ comments/sr-cboebyx-2019-013/srcboebyx 2019013.htm. 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 87140, 84 FR 52917 (October 3, 2019). 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 4 See E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-87684; File No. SR-NYSEAMER-2019-52]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE American LLC; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amending 
Its NYSE American Equities Price List and Fee Schedule and the NYSE 
American Options Fee Schedule Related to Co-Location Services

December 9, 2019.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that on November 25, 2019, NYSE American LLC (``NYSE American'' 
or the ``Exchange'') 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.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C.78s(b) (1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78a.
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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 its NYSE American Equities Price 
List and Fee Schedule ('' Price List and Fee Schedule'') and the NYSE 
American Options Fee Schedule (``Fee Schedule'') related to co-location 
services to eliminate (a) a connectivity option whose manufacturer will 
no longer support a key component of the network hardware, and (b) 
services that are no longer utilized by Users. 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 Price List and Fee Schedule 
related to co-location \4\ services offered by the Exchange to 
eliminate (a) a connectivity option whose manufacturer will no longer 
support a key component of the network hardware, and (b) services that 
are no longer utilized by Users.\5\
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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. 
62961 (September 21, 2010), 75 FR 59299 (September 27, 2010) (SR-
NYSEAmex-2010-80). The Exchange operates a data center in Mahwah, 
New Jersey (the ``data center'') from which it provides co-location 
services to Users.
    \5\ 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. 76009 (September 29, 2015), 80 FR 60213 
(October 5, 2015) (SR-NYSEMKT-2015-67). As specified in the Price 
List and Fee Schedule, 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 the New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE''), 
NYSE Arca, Inc. (``NYSE Arca''), NYSE Chicago, Inc. (``NYSE 
Chicago''), and NYSE National, Inc. (``NYSE National'' and together, 
the ``Affiliate SROs''). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 
70176 (August 13, 2013), 78 FR 50471 (August 19, 2013) (SR-NYSEMKT-
2013-67).
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Proposed Change
LCN 10 Gb Circuit
    Among other connectivity options, Users are able to connect to the 
Exchange over the Liquidity Center Network (``LCN''), a local area 
network available in the data center.\6\ LCN access is available at 1, 
10 and 40 Gb bandwidth capacities. Currently, Users have two 10 Gb 
options for LCN access:
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    \6\ The other local area network is the internet protocol 
(``IP'') network. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 79728 
(January 4, 2017), 82 FR 3035 (January 10, 2017) (SR-NYSEMKT-2016-
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     LCN 10 Gb, which has been in place since 2010,\7\ and
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     LCN 10 Gb LX, which was introduced in 2013.\8\
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 70886 (November 15, 
2013), 78 FR 69904 (November 21, 2013) (SR-NYSEMKT-2013-92); and 
70982 (December 4, 2013), 78 FR 74197 (December 10, 2013) (SR-
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    The LCN 10 Gb LX has a lower latency than the LCN 10 Gb connection, 
and has latency levels substantially similar to those of the LCN 40 Gb 
connection.\9\ Between the two 10 Gb LCN alternatives, the vast 
majority (80%) of User connections are the newer LCN 10Gb LX 
connections.
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    The Exchange proposes to cease offering the LCN 10 Gb connection. 
The Exchange does not propose the current change lightly: It recognizes 
that removing the LCN 10 Gb connection from its Price List and Fee 
Schedule would eliminate a connectivity option previously available to 
Users. For the reasons discussed below, however, the Exchange has 
concluded that the proposed change is necessary because it believes 
that if it does not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connections, the Exchange's 
ability to provide support or supplies to Users with LCN 10 Gb 
connections would be compromised.
    For each LCN connection, the network hardware relies on a switch, 
which acts as the ``gatekeeper'' for a User's inbound messaging (e.g., 
orders and quotes) sent to the Exchange's trading and execution system 
and the Exchange's outbound messaging (e.g., market data and drop 
copies) within the data center.\10\ Switches are manufactured and sold 
to the Exchange by third parties. Currently, the LCN 1 Gb and LCN 10 Gb 
connections use one type of switch (the ``First Switch'') and the LCN 
10 Gb LX and LCN 40 Gb connections use a second type of switch (the 
``Second Switch'').\11\
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    The manufacturer of the First Switch made an ``end of life'' 
(``EOL'') announcement notifying customers that the First Switch is 
being discontinued. The manufacturer stated that it is phasing out the 
provision of replacement parts and support for the First Switch. Per 
its EOL notice, it has ceased offering the First Switch, and, as of 
January 1, 2020: \12\
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    \12\ ``JTAC Technical Bulletin,'' at https://kb.juniper.net/resources/sites/CUSTOMERSERVICE/content/live/TECHNICAL_BULLETINS/16000/TSB16960/en_US/TSB16960.pdf. See also ``Juniper Networks 
Product End-of-Life,'' at https://support.juniper.net/support/pdf/eol/990833.pdf.
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     It has no commitment to furnish software engineering level 
support for the operating system software licensed for the First 
Switch. No further service or maintenance releases or patches will be 
created to support the First Switch.
     It has no commitment to perform hardware engineering level 
support, including hardware modifications and failure analysis, for 
hardware defects.
    As a consequence, the Exchange will not be able to provide Users 
with new LCN 10 Gb connections or give the present level of support to 
existing ones, and so it proposes to discontinue the

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    \13\ The Price List and Fee Schedule provide that a User that 
purchased five 10 Gb LCN connections would be charged the initial 
fee for a sixth 10 Gb LCN connection but would not be charged the 
monthly fee that would otherwise be applicable. Currently, no Users 
qualify for the discount. As part of the proposed change, the 
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    The Exchange plans to implement the change during the first half of 
2020.\14\ It will announce the implementation date through a customer 
notice. After the implementation date, the Exchange will not accept new 
orders for LCN 10 Gb connections.\15\
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    \14\ Also during the first half of 2020, the Exchange expects to 
update the network hardware of the LCN 10 Gb LX and LCN 40 Gb 
connections by replacing the Second Switch with a new switch (the 
``New Switch''). The Exchange plans to update the LCN 1 Gb network 
hardware with the New Switch as well, which would allow the Exchange 
to continue to offer the LCN 1 Gb circuit despite the EOL of the 
First Switch. Because the New Switch, like the Second Switch, will 
provide a lower-latency connection, the Exchange expects that the 
latency of the LCN 1 Gb will decrease.
    The Exchange does not propose to make a similar change to the 
LCN 10 Gb network hardware because, if it did, there would be no 
difference between the LCN 10 Gb and the LCN 10 Gb LX connection: 
They would have the same bandwidth and latency levels. However, the 
two services cannot have the same latency. Rather, as the Exchange 
has stated, the LCN 10 Gb LX has a lower latency than the LCN 10 Gb 
connection. 78 FR 69904 supra note 8, at 69905. Its latency levels 
are similar to those of the LCN 40 Gb connection, and the same fees 
are assessed for both services. See 78 FR 74197 supra note 8, at 
74197-74198. In addition, the Exchange does not believe that it 
would be reasonable or equitable to charge different fees for 
equivalent services. See id.
    \15\ The Exchange believes that it has enough First Switches to 
fulfil any orders it may receive prior to the implementation date.
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    To provide time for Users that have LCN 10 Gb connections 
(``Current Users'') to implement any changes, the Exchange proposes to 
give them a six month grace period, starting on the implementation 
date. After the grace period ends, any remaining LCN 10 Gb connections 
will be terminated. The Exchange also proposes to waive any change fees 
\16\ and non-recurring charges \17\ that a Current User would otherwise 
incur as a result of the proposed change.
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    \16\ The Exchange charges a User a ``Change Fee'' if the User 
requests a change to one or more existing co-location services that 
the Exchange has already established or completed for the User. See 
Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67665 (August 15, 2012), 77 FR 
50734 (August 22, 2012) (SR-NYSEMKT-2012-11).
    \17\ Co-location connectivity services have a non-recurring 
initial charge. For example, the LCN 10 Gb LX has a $15,000 initial 
charge per connection. See 78 FR 74197 supra note 8, at 74198.
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Bundled Network Access
    The Exchange currently offers a pair of ``bundled'' connectivity 
options (``Bundled Network Access'') at 1 and 10 Gb bandwidths,\18\ but 
no User is utilizing one. Accordingly, the Exchange proposes to 
discontinue the Bundled Network Access options and remove references to 
the related pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule.
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2016), 81 FR 36975 (June 8, 2016) (SR-NYSEMKT-2016-57).
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    The change would be consistent with previous practice: In 2014 and 
2016 previously existing bundled network access connectivity options 
were discontinued, as they were no longer utilized by Users.\19\
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30, 2014), 79 FR 45502 (August 5, 2014) (SR-NYSEMKT-2014-61).
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Application and Impact of the Proposed Change
    The proposed change would not apply differently to distinct types 
or sizes of market participants. Rather, it would apply to all Users 
equally. As is currently the case, the purchase of any colocation 
service is completely voluntary and the Price List and Fee Schedule are 
applied uniformly to all Users.
LCN 10 Gb
    As a consequence of the manufacturer's declaration of EOL for the 
First Switch, the Exchange will not be able to provide Users with new 
LCN 10 Gb connections or give the present level of support to the nine 
Current Users' existing LCN 10 Gb connections. Accordingly, after the 
implementation date, the Exchange will not accept new orders for LCN 10 
Gb connections and, after the grace period, it will terminate any 
remaining LCN 10 Gb connections. The Exchange also proposes to waive 
any change fees and non-recurring charges that a Current User would 
otherwise incur as a result of the proposed change.
    The Current Users have several options available to them upon 
termination of the LCN 10 GB connections:
     A Current User may move to the faster LCN 10 Gb LX 
connection. The change would increase the User's monthly recurring 
charge from $14,000 to $22,000, but the User would benefit from a 
faster connection while maintaining the same amount of bandwidth and 
system redundancy.
     A Current User may move to the slower IP Network, which 
offers a 10 Gb circuit alternative. The change would lower the User's 
monthly recurring charge from $14,000 to $11,000. The connection would 
have greater latency, but the User would maintain the same bandwidth 
and resiliency.
     A Current User may opt to re-tailor its system to reduce 
the number of LCN connections it has. For example, a Current User with 
two LCN 10 Gb connections could consolidate them into one LCN 40 Gb 
connection. The change would decrease the User's monthly recurring 
charge from $28,000 to $22,000 while allowing it to benefit from a 
faster connection and increased bandwidth, although it would reduce the 
redundancy of its connection.
     A Current User may opt to become a ``Hosted Customer'' by 
being hosted by another User (a ``Hosting User''), or to cross connect 
to another User within co-location, either of which would likely 
decrease its monthly connectivity costs and available bandwidth.\20\
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    \20\ See 76009 (September 29, 2015), 80 FR 60213 (October 5, 
2015) (SR-NYSEMKT-2015-67). The Exchange does not have visibility 
into what other Users, including Hosting Users, charge or the 
bandwidth they offer, but to the best of its knowledge no Hosting 
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    The Exchange expects to work with the Current Users to implement 
the change.
Bundled Network Access
    As no Users utilize a Bundled Network Access option, no Users will 
be impacted by the proposed change.
Competitive Environment
    The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which 
exchanges and other vendors (e.g., Hosting Users) 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. The Commission has 
repeatedly expressed its preference for competition over regulatory 
intervention in determining prices, products, and services in the 
securities markets. Specifically, in Regulation NMS, the Commission 
highlighted the importance of market forces in determining prices and 
SRO revenues and, also, recognized that current regulation of the 
market system ``has been remarkably successful in promoting market 
competition in its broader forms that are most important to investors 
and listed companies.'' \21\
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General
    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 
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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; \22\ 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 more of the Affiliate SROs.\23\
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    \22\ 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, as compared to 
Users that are not co-located, in sending orders to, and receiving 
market data from, the Exchange.
    \23\ See 78 FR 50471, supra note 5, at 50471. Each Affiliate SRO 
has submitted substantially the same proposed rule change to propose 
the changes described herein. See SR-NYSE-2019-66, SR-NYSEArca-2019-
85, SR-NYSECHX-2019-23, and SR-NYSENAT-2019-29.
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    The proposed change is not otherwise intended to address any other 
issues relating to co-location services and/or related fees, and the 
Exchange is not aware of any problems that Users would have in 
complying with the proposed change.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\24\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Sections 6(b)(4) and (5) of the Act,\25\ 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. In addition, it is designed 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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The Proposed Rule Change Is Reasonable
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is reasonable 
for the following reasons.
    As a consequence of the manufacturer's declaration of the First 
Switch's EOL, the Exchange believes that, if it did not eliminate the 
LCN 10 Gb connections, it would be unable to provide the current level 
of support to Users that have such connections. More specifically, 
pursuant to its EOL, the manufacturer is ceasing to offer the First 
Switch and terminating its software and hardware engineering level 
support. As a result, when the inevitable hardware or software issues 
involving the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not have the 
manufacturer resources available to solve connectivity issues or 
replace switches, and Users' connections to the Exchange could be 
compromised or wholly cut off. At the same time, if a User requested a 
new or replacement LCN 10 Gb connection, the Exchange would not be able 
to obtain one. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that it is reasonable 
to eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connectivity option.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed change will facilitate its 
compliance with the requirements of Regulation Systems Compliance and 
Integrity (``SCI'').\26\ The LCN is an SCI system \27\ of the Exchange, 
which is itself an SCI entity. Accordingly, the Exchange is obligated 
to have reasonable policies and procedures in place to ensure the LCN 
has a level of capacity, integrity, resiliency, availability and 
security, adequate to maintain the Exchange's operational capability 
and promote the maintenance of fair and orderly markets.\28\ Because 
the manufacturer is ceasing to offer the First Switch, if the Exchange 
is unable to eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connectivity option its reasonable 
policies and procedures would need to contemplate being unable to 
resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even replace 
them. Regulation SCI also obligates SCI entities such as the Exchange 
to take corrective action upon the occurrence of an SCI event to 
mitigate potential harm to investors and market integrity. The 
Exchange's ability to take such action promptly and effectively, if 
needed, with respect to the LCN 10 Gb connection would be severely 
limited by its inability to seek support from the manufacturer should 
issues arise with the First Switch. Accordingly, the Exchange believes 
that, in light of the EOL of the First Switch, the proposed change to 
eliminate the LCN 10 Gb connectivity option is a reasonable solution.
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    \26\ 17 CFR 242.1000 through 242.1007; see also Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 73639, 79 FR 72251 (December 5, 2015) 
(adopting Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity).
    \27\ ``SCI systems'' means ``all computer, network, electronic, 
technical, automated, or similar systems of, or operated by or on 
behalf of, an SCI entity that, with respect to securities, directly 
support trading, clearance and settlement, order routing, market 
data, market regulation, or market surveillance.'' 17 CFR 242.1000.
    \28\ 79 FR 72251, supra note 26, at 72256-72257.
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    The Exchange believes the situation is analogous to when an SCI 
entity determines to utilize a third party to operate an SCI system on 
its behalf. As the Commission has noted, in such case, the SCI entity 
``is responsible for having in place processes and requirements to 
ensure that it is able to satisfy the requirements of Regulation SCI 
for systems operated on behalf of the SCI entity by a third party.'' 
\29\ Likewise, ``if an SCI entity is uncertain of its ability to manage 
a third-party relationship (whether through due diligence, contract 
terms, monitoring, or other methods) to satisfy the requirements of 
Regulation SCI, then it would need to reassess its decision to 
outsource the applicable system to such third party.'' \30\ In the 
present case, the third party that provides the First Switch, an 
important part of the network hardware for the LCN 10 Gb connection, 
has declared its intention to discontinue both production of and 
technical support for the First Switch. Given that, the Exchange has 
assessed its ability to manage the LCN 10 Gb connection going forward, 
and has concluded that it cannot continue to offer a product that 
relies on the First Switch.
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    \29\ Id. at 72276.
    \30\ Id.
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    The Exchange believes that providing Current Users with a six month 
grace period and waiving any applicable change fees and non-recurring 
charges would be reasonable because Current Users would be terminating 
their LCN 10 Gb connections at the Exchange's request. The grace period 
would provide a Current User with time to terminate its LCN 10 Gb 
connection, move to an LCN 10 Gb LX connection, move to a 10 Gb IP 
network connection, re-tailor its system to reduce the number of 
connections, become a Hosted Customer, cross-connect to another User, 
or otherwise adjust for the change. The fee waivers would help to 
alleviate the burden of the change on the Current Users.
    With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes 
that the proposed change is reasonable because it would permit the 
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streamline the offerings available to Users in the data center by 
eliminating services that Users no longer utilize and, by removing 
references to related pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule, 
make the Price List and Fee Schedule easier to read, understand and 
administer. In addition, removing services that Users do not utilize 
from the co-location offerings would contribute to a more efficient 
process for managing the various services offered to Users, which would 
improve the utilization of the data center resources, both with respect 
to personnel and infrastructure, including hardware and software.
The Proposed Rule Change Is Equitable
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is an equitable 
allocation of its fees and credits for the following reasons.
    The Exchange believes that providing Current Users with a six month 
grace period and waiving any applicable change fees and non-recurring 
charges would be equitable because Current Users would be terminating 
their LCN 10 Gb connections at the Exchange's request. The grace period 
would provide a Current User with time to terminate its LCN 10 Gb 
connection, move to an LCN 10 Gb LX connection, move to a 10 Gb IP 
network connection, re-tailor its system to reduce the number of 
connections, become a Hosted Customer, cross-connect to another User, 
or otherwise adjust for the change.
    The fee waivers would help to alleviate the burden of the change on 
the Current Users. With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the 
Exchange believes that the proposed change is reasonable because it 
would permit the Exchange to streamline the offerings available to 
Users in the data center by eliminating services that Users no longer 
utilize and, by removing references to related pricing from the Price 
List and Fee Schedule, make the Price List and Fee Schedule easier to 
read, understand and administer.
The Proposed Rule Change Would Protect Investors and the Public 
Interest
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change would perfect 
the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system 
and, in general, protect investors and the public interest for the 
following reasons.
    It would be against the protection of investors and the public 
interest if the Exchange were to continue to offer an older 
connectivity option that it could not support at current levels, or if, 
as a consequence of the EOL, Users' connectivity was compromised or 
they were wholly unable to use it to connect to the Exchange. As noted 
above, as a consequence of the manufacturer's declaration of the First 
Switch's EOL, if the Exchange did not eliminate the LCN 10 Gb 
connections, the Exchange believes it would be unable to provide the 
current level of support to Users that have such connections. When the 
inevitable hardware or software issues involving the First Switch 
arose, the Exchange would not have the manufacturer resources available 
to solve connectivity issues or replace switches, and Users' 
connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut off. At 
the same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 Gb 
connection, the Exchange would not be able to obtain one.
    The Exchange believes that the proposed change will protect 
investors and the public interest because it will facilitate the 
Exchange's compliance with the requirements of Regulation SCI. The 
Exchange is obligated to have reasonable policies and procedures in 
place to ensure the LCN, as an SCI system, has a level of capacity, 
integrity, resiliency, availability and security, adequate to maintain 
the Exchange's operational capability and promote the maintenance of 
fair and orderly markets.\31\ Because the manufacturer is ceasing to 
offer the First Switch, if the Exchange is unable to eliminate the LCN 
10 Gb connectivity option its reasonable policies and procedures would 
need to contemplate being unable to resolve connectivity issues related 
to First Switches or even replace them. Regulation SCI also obligates 
SCI entities such as the Exchange to take corrective action upon the 
occurrence of an SCI event to mitigate potential harm to investors and 
market integrity. The Exchange's ability to take such action promptly 
and effectively, if needed, with respect to the LCN 10 Gb connection 
would be severely limited by its inability to seek support from the 
manufacturer should issues arise with the First Switch. Not being able 
to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even 
replace them would make the Exchange's compliance with Regulation SCI 
suboptimal.
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    With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes 
that the proposed change would protect investors and the public 
interest because it would permit the Exchange to streamline the 
offerings available to Users in the data center by eliminating services 
that Users no longer utilize and, by removing references to related 
pricing from the Price List and Fee Schedule, make the Price List and 
Fee Schedule easier to read, understand and administer.
The Proposed Change Is Not Unfairly Discriminatory
    The Exchange believes that the proposed change is not unfairly 
discriminatory for the following reasons.
    The proposed change would not apply differently to distinct types 
or sizes of market participants. Rather, it would apply to all Users 
equally. As a consequence of the manufacturer's declaration of EOL for 
the First Switch, the Exchange will not be able to provide any Users 
with new LCN 10 Gb connections or give the present level of support to 
Current Users' existing ones. In addition, no Users would be able to 
purchase the Bundled Network Access. The Exchange believes that, 
because no Users utilize such services, it would be equitable and not 
unfairly discriminatory to discontinue the services.
    At the same time, Users would continue to have the choice of 
purchasing an LCN 1 Gb, LCN 10 Gb LX, LCN 40 Gb or IP network 
connection or any of the other connectivity options available. Use of 
any co-location service is completely voluntary, and each market 
participant is able to determine whether to use co-location services 
based on the requirements of its business operations.
    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.
    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,\32\ the Exchange 
believes that the proposed rule change will not impose any burden on 
competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the 
purposes of the Act.
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Intramarket Competition
    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed change would place 
any burden on intramarket competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate. The proposed change would not apply differently to 
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apply to all Users equally: No Users would be able to purchase a LCN 10 
Gb connection or Bundled Network Access.
    The Exchange does not propose the current change lightly: It 
recognizes that removing the LCN 10 Gb connection from its Price List 
and Fee Schedule would eliminate a connectivity option previously 
available to Users. As a consequence of the change, nine Current Users 
would be required to terminate their LCN 10 Gb connections and either 
move to LCN 10 Gb LX connections, move to 10 Gb IP network connections, 
re-tailor their systems to reduce the number of connections, become 
Hosted Customers, cross-connect to other Users, or otherwise adjust for 
the change.
    Nonetheless, the Exchange believes that the change is necessary and 
appropriate because, as a consequence of the manufacturer's declaration 
of the First Switch's EOL, if the Exchange did not eliminate the LCN 10 
Gb connections, the Exchange's ability to provide support or supplies 
to Users that have such connections would be compromised. Not being 
able to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even 
replace them would make the Exchange's compliance with Regulation SCI 
suboptimal. When the inevitable hardware or software issues involving 
the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not have the manufacturer 
resources available to solve connectivity issues or replace switches. 
Users' connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut 
off. At the same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 
Gb connection, the Exchange would not be able to obtain one. It would 
be contrary to the protection of investors and the public interest if 
the Exchange were to continue to offer a connectivity option that it 
could not support, or if Users were compromised or wholly unable to use 
their connectivity to connect to the Exchange.
    The Exchange believes that providing Current Users with a six month 
grace period and waiving any applicable change fees and non-recurring 
charges would not place any burden on intramarket competition that is 
not necessary or appropriate because Current Users would be terminating 
their LCN 10 Gb connections at the Exchange's request. The grace period 
would provide a Current User with time to terminate its LCN 10 Gb 
connections and adjust for the change, while the fee waivers would help 
to alleviate the burden of the change.
    With respect to the Bundled Network Access, the Exchange believes 
that the proposed change would not place any burden on intramarket 
competition that is not necessary or appropriate, as currently no Users 
utilize the service, and so no Users would be affected. The change 
would permit the Exchange to streamline the offerings available to 
Users in the data center and, by removing references to related pricing 
from the Price List and Fee Schedule, make the Price List and Fee 
Schedule easier to read, understand and administer. In addition, 
removing services that Users do not utilize from the co-location 
offerings would contribute to a more efficient process for managing the 
various services offered to Users, which would improve the utilization 
of the data center resources, both with respect to personnel and 
infrastructure, including hardware and software.
    Users would continue to have the choice of purchasing an LCN 1 Gb, 
LCN 10 Gb LX, LCN 40 Gb or IP network connection or any of the other 
connectivity options available. Use of any co-location service is 
completely voluntary, and each market participant is able to determine 
whether to use co-location services based on the requirements of its 
business operations.
Intermarket Competition
    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed fee would impose 
any burden on intermarket competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate.
    The Exchange operates in a highly competitive market in which 
exchanges and other vendors (i.e., Hosting Users) 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.
    The Commission has repeatedly expressed its preference for 
competition over regulatory intervention in determining prices, 
products, and services in the securities markets. Specifically, in 
Regulation NMS, the Commission highlighted the importance of market 
forces in determining prices and SRO revenues and, also, recognized 
that current regulation of the market system ``has been remarkably 
successful in promoting market competition in its broader forms that 
are most important to investors and listed companies.'' \33\
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    \33\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 
2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005).
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    As noted above, the Exchange recognizes that removing the LCN 10 Gb 
connection from its Price List and Fee Schedule would eliminate a 
connectivity option previously available to Users. Indeed, the proposed 
change may negatively impact the Exchange's revenues, since Current 
Users may opt to re-tailor their systems to reduce the number of 
connections, move to 10 Gb IP network connections, re-tailor become 
Hosted Customers, or cross-connect to another User. Such choices, any 
of which would reduce revenue, may be more attractive to Users as a 
consequence of the change.
    Nonetheless, the Exchange believes that the change is necessary and 
appropriate because, as a consequence of the manufacturer's declaration 
of the First Switch's EOL, if the Exchange did not eliminate the LCN 10 
Gb connections, the Exchange's ability to provide support or supplies 
to Users that have such connections would be compromised. Not being 
able to resolve connectivity issues related to First Switches or even 
replace them would make the Exchange's compliance with Regulation SCI 
suboptimal. When the inevitable hardware or software issues involving 
the First Switch arose, the Exchange would not have the manufacturer 
resources available to solve connectivity issues or replace switches. 
Users' connections to the Exchange could be compromised or wholly cut 
off. At the same time, if a User requested a new or replacement LCN 10 
Gb connection, the Exchange would not be able to obtain one. It would 
be contrary to the protection of investors and the public interest if 
the Exchange were to continue to offer a connectivity option that it 
could not support, or if Users were compromised or wholly unable to use 
their connectivity to connect to the Exchange.
    For the reasons described above, the Exchange believes that the 
proposed rule change reflects 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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \34\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\35\ 
Because the proposed rule change does not: (i)

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Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public 
interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) 
become operative prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, 
or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent 
with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed 
rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the 
Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder.\36\
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    \34\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \35\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \36\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
requires the Exchange to give the Commission written notice of its 
intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief 
description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five 
business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule 
change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The 
Exchange has satisfied this requirement.
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    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) \37\ of the Act to determine whether the proposed 
rule change should be approved or disapproved.
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    \37\ 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. 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-NYSEAMER-2019-52 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-NYSEAMER-2019-52. 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-NYSEAMER-2019-52 and should be submitted 
on or before January 3, 2020.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\38\
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    \38\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Jill M. Peterson,
Assistant Secretary.
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