Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Fee Schedule, 18411-18413 [2022-06633]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2022 / Notices A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–94511; File No. SR– CboeBZX–2022–021] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Fee Schedule March 24, 2022. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on March 14, 2022, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BZX’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BZX’’) is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) a proposed rule change to amend its Fee Schedule. The text of the proposed rule change is provided as Exhibit 5. The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the Exchange’s website (http://markets.cboe.com/us/ equities/regulation/rule_filings/bzx/), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Mar 29, 2022 Jkt 256001 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend its fee schedule for its equity options platform (‘‘BZX Options’’) to adopt fees for Certification Logical Port fees, effective March 1, 2022.3 By way of background, the Exchange offers a variety of logical ports, which provide users with the ability within the Exchange’s System to accomplish a specific function through a connection, such as order entry, data receipt or access to information. Specifically, the Exchange offers Logical Ports,4 Logical Ports with Bulk Quoting Capabilities,5 Purge Ports,6 GRP Ports and Multicast PITCH Server Ports.7 For each type of the aforementioned logical ports that is used in the production environment, the Exchange also offers corresponding ports which provide Members and nonMembers access to the Exchange’s certification environment to test proprietary systems and applications (i.e., ‘‘Certification Logical Ports’’). The certification environment facilitates testing using replicas of the Exchange’s production environment process configurations which provide for a robust and realistic testing experience. For example, the certification environment allows unlimited firmlevel testing of order types, order entry, order management, order throughput, acknowledgements, risk settings, mass cancelations, and purge requests. Historically, the Exchange has not assessed fees for Certification Logical Ports. The Exchange now proposes to establish a monthly fee for Certification Logical Ports. Particularly, the Exchange proposes to adopt a monthly fee of $250 per Certification Logical Port. However, the Exchange notes that it will continue to offer free of charge one Certification Logical Port per logical port type offered 3 The Exchange initially filed the proposed fee changes on March 1, 2022 (SR–CboeBZX–2022– 013). On March 14, 2022, the Exchange withdrew that filing and submitted this proposal. 4 Logical Ports include FIX and BOE ports (used for order entry), drop logical port (which grants users the ability to receive and/or send drop copies) and ports that are used for receipt of certain market data feeds. 5 Bulk Quoting Capabilities Ports provide users with the ability to submit and update multiple bids and offers in one message through logical ports enabled for bulk-quoting. 6 Purge Ports allow users to submit a cancelation for all open orders, or a subset thereof, across multiple sessions under the same Executing Firm ID (‘‘EFID’’). 7 Spin Ports and GRP Ports are used to request and receive a retransmission of data from the Exchange’s Multicast PITCH data feeds. PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18411 in the production environment (i.e., Logical Ports, Logical Ports with Bulk Quoting Capabilities, Purge Ports, GRP Ports and Multicast PITCH Server Ports) to each Member or non-Member, as applicable. Any additional Certification Logical Ports will be assessed $250 per month per port.8 Additionally, Members and non-Members are not required to purchase any particular production logical port in order to receive a corresponding Certification Logical Port free of charge.9 Further, the Exchange notes that purchasing additional Certification Logical Ports is voluntary and not required in order to participate in the production environment, including live production trading on the Exchange. The Exchange also notes that other exchanges similarly assess fees related to their respective testing environments.10 Lastly, the Exchange does not intend to prorate Certification Logical Ports for the first month of service and intends to make this clear in the notes section under the Options Logical Port Fees section of the Fees Schedule. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.11 Specifically, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the Section 6(b)(5) 12 requirements that the rules of an exchange be 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 mechanism of a free and 8 For example, if a Member maintains 3 FIX Certification Logical Ports, 1 Purge Certification Logical Port, and 1 set of Multicast PITCH Spin Server Certification Logical Port, the Member will be assessed $500 per month for Certification Logical Port Fees (i.e., 1 FIX, 1 Purge and 1 set of Multicast PITCH Spin Server Certification Logical Ports × $0 and 2 FIX Certification Logical Ports × $250). 9 For example, a Member may obtain a Certification Purge Port free of charge, even if that Member has not otherwise purchased a Purge Port for the live production environment. Certification Logical Ports are not automatically enabled for each User, but rather must be proactively requested by users. 10 See e.g., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, Equity 7, Pricing Schedule, Section 130. See also MIAX Options Exchange Fee Schedule, Section 4, Testing and Certification Fees. 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 18412 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2022 / Notices open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. Additionally, the Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act,13 which requires that Exchange rules provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its Members and other persons using its facilities. As noted above, the Exchange’s certification environment provides a robust and realistic testing experience using a replica of the Exchange’s production environment process configurations. This environment enables market participants to manage risk more effectively through testing software development changes in certification prior to implementing them in the live trading environment, thereby reducing the likelihood of a potentially disruptive system failure in the live trading environment, which has the potential to affect all market participants. As such, the Exchange believes it’s reasonable to adopt a Certification Logical Port fee as it better enables the Exchange to continue to maintain and improve its testing environment, which the Exchange believes serves to improve live production trading on the Exchange. The Exchange also believes the proposed Certification Logical Port fee is reasonable because while such ports will no longer be completely free, Members and non-Members will continue to be entitled to receive free of charge one Certification Logical Port for each type of logical port that are currently offered in the production environment. Notably, the Exchange believes one Certification Logical Port per logical port type will be sufficient for most users and indeed anticipates that the majority of users will not purchase additional Certification Logical Ports. More specifically, while the Exchange has no way of predicting with certainty the impact of the proposed changes, it anticipates approximately 17% of Users to be assessed fees for Certification Logical Ports (i.e., request Certification Ports in excess of the Certification Logical Ports provided free of charge). For those users who wish to obtain additional Certification Logical Ports based on their respective business needs, they are able to do so for a modest fee. Indeed, the proposed fee is lower than the fees assessed for the corresponding logical ports used in the Exchange’s production 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Mar 29, 2022 Jkt 256001 environment.14 Additionally, the Exchange notes other exchanges similarly assess fees relating to their respective testing environments.15 Further, the decision to purchase additional ports is optional and no market participant is required or under any regulatory obligation to purchase excess Certification Logical Ports in order to access the Exchange’s certification environment.16 The Exchange believes the proposed fee is also equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it applies uniformly to all market participants that choose to obtain additional Certification Logical Ports. The Exchange also believes the proposed fee is reasonable, equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it is designed to encourage market participants to be efficient with their respective Certification Logical Port usage. Without some sort of fee for its Certification Logical Ports, the Exchange believes that Members and non-Members may be less efficient in testing their systems, potentially resulting in excessive time and resources being consumed by the Exchange in supporting testing and certifying Members and non-Members to the detriment of all market participants as Exchange resources are diverted away from other trading operations. Additionally, similar to its production environment, the Exchange’s certification environment does not have unlimited system capacity to support unlimited testing. As such, the proposed fee structure also ensures that firms that use the most capacity pay for that capacity, rather than placing that burden on market participants that have more modest needs. The Exchange lastly believes that its proposed fee is aligned with the goals of the Commission in facilitating a competitive market for all firms that trade on the Exchange and of ensuring that critical market infrastructure has ‘‘levels of capacity, integrity, resiliency, availability, and security adequate to maintain their operational capability and promote the 14 See Cboe BZX Options Fees Schedule, Options Logical Port Fees. 15 See e.g., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, Equity 7, Pricing Schedule, Section 130. See also MIAX Options Exchange Fee Schedule, Section 4, Testing and Certification Fees. 16 Although many Users use Certification Logical Ports on a daily basis, the Exchange notes frequency of use of Certification Logical Ports varies by User and depends on a User’s business needs. To the extent a User purchases additional Certification Logical Ports and its respective needs change or it determines it no longer wishes to maintain excess Certification Logical Ports, the User is free to cancel such ports for the following month(s). PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 maintenance of fair and orderly markets.’’ 17 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on intramarket or intermarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on intramarket competition because as the proposed change applies uniformly to all market participants. Additionally, the Exchange does not believe that the proposed fee creates an undue burden on competition because the Exchange will continue to offer free of charge one Certification Logical Port per each logical port type offered in the production environment. Although the Exchange now proposes to charge users for additional Certification Logical Ports, the Exchange believes without some sort of fee assessed for excess Certification Logical Ports, Members and non-Members may be less efficient in testing their systems, potentially resulting in excessive time and resources being consumed by the Exchange and also potentially impacting the certification environment’s capacity thresholds. The proposed fee structure therefore would ensure that market participants that pay the proposed fee are the ones that demand the most resources from the Exchange. Also as discussed, the purchase of additional ports is optional and based on the business needs of each market participant. Moreover, such market participants will continue to benefit from access to the certification environment, which the Exchange believes provides a robust and realistic testing experience via a replica of the production environment. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule changes will impose any burden on intermarket competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Particularly, the proposed change applies only to the Exchange’s certification environment. Additionally, the Exchange notes that it operates in a highly competitive market. Members have numerous alternative venues that they may participate on and direct their order flow, including 15 other options exchanges, as well as off-exchange venues, where competitive products are 17 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 73639 (November 19, 2014), 79 FR 72251 (December 5, 2014) (File No. S7–01–13) (Regulation SCI Adopting Release). E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2022 / Notices available for trading. Indeed, participants can readily choose to send their orders to other exchange, and, additionally off-exchange venues, if they deem overall fee levels at those other venues to be more favorable. Moreover, 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.’’ 18 The fact that this market is competitive has also long been recognized by the courts. In NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the D.C. Circuit stated as follows: ‘‘[n]o one disputes that competition for order flow is ’fierce.’ . . . As the SEC explained, ’[i]n the U.S. national market system, buyers and sellers of securities, and the brokerdealers that act as their order-routing agents, have a wide range of choices of where to route orders for execution’; [and] ‘no exchange can afford to take its market share percentages for granted’ because ‘no exchange possesses a monopoly, regulatory or otherwise, in the execution of order flow from broker dealers’. . . .’’.19 Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe its proposed fee change imposes any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on 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) of the Act 20 and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b–4 21 thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 18 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005). 19 NetCoalition v. SEC, 615 F.3d 525, 539 (D.C. Cir. 2010) (quoting Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59039 (December 2, 2008), 73 FR 74770, 74782– 83 (December 9, 2008) (SR–NYSEArca–2006–21)). 20 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). 21 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Mar 29, 2022 Jkt 256001 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 will institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. 18413 comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CboeBZX–2022–021 and should be submitted on or before April 20, 2022. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.22 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. 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: [FR Doc. 2022–06633 Filed 3–29–22; 8:45 am] 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– CboeBZX–2022–021 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Requirements of Section 102.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual To Allow an Acquisition Company To Contribute a Portion of Its Trust Account to a New Acquisition Company and Spin-Off the New Acquisition Company to Its Shareholders 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–CboeBZX–2022–021. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–94516; File No. SR–NYSE– 2021–42] March 24, 2022. On August 23, 2021, the New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’ or ‘‘Exchange Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend the requirements of Section 102.06 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual to allow an acquisition company to contribute a portion of the amount held in its trust account to a trust account of a new acquisition company and spin off the new acquisition company to its shareholders in certain situations. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on September 8, 2021.3 On September 30, 2021, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,4 the Commission designated a longer period within which to approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to 22 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 92839 (Sep. 1, 2021), 86 FR 50408. Comments received on the proposal are available on the Commission’s website at: https://www.sec.gov/comments/sr-nyse2021-42/srnyse202142.htm. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 1 15 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-94511; File No. SR-CboeBZX-2022-021]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of 
Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend 
Its Fee Schedule

March 24, 2022.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on March 14, 2022, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or 
``BZX'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. (the ``Exchange'' or ``BZX'') is filing 
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') a proposed 
rule change to amend its Fee Schedule. The text of the proposed rule 
change is provided as Exhibit 5.
    The text of the proposed rule change is also available on the 
Exchange's website (http://markets.cboe.com/us/equities/regulation/rule_filings/bzx/), at the Exchange's Office of the Secretary, 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 Exchange 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 these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in 
sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

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

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend its fee schedule for its equity 
options platform (``BZX Options'') to adopt fees for Certification 
Logical Port fees, effective March 1, 2022.\3\
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    \3\ The Exchange initially filed the proposed fee changes on 
March 1, 2022 (SR-CboeBZX-2022-013). On March 14, 2022, the Exchange 
withdrew that filing and submitted this proposal.
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    By way of background, the Exchange offers a variety of logical 
ports, which provide users with the ability within the Exchange's 
System to accomplish a specific function through a connection, such as 
order entry, data receipt or access to information. Specifically, the 
Exchange offers Logical Ports,\4\ Logical Ports with Bulk Quoting 
Capabilities,\5\ Purge Ports,\6\ GRP Ports and Multicast PITCH Server 
Ports.\7\ For each type of the aforementioned logical ports that is 
used in the production environment, the Exchange also offers 
corresponding ports which provide Members and non-Members access to the 
Exchange's certification environment to test proprietary systems and 
applications (i.e., ``Certification Logical Ports''). The certification 
environment facilitates testing using replicas of the Exchange's 
production environment process configurations which provide for a 
robust and realistic testing experience. For example, the certification 
environment allows unlimited firm-level testing of order types, order 
entry, order management, order throughput, acknowledgements, risk 
settings, mass cancelations, and purge requests. Historically, the 
Exchange has not assessed fees for Certification Logical Ports. The 
Exchange now proposes to establish a monthly fee for Certification 
Logical Ports. Particularly, the Exchange proposes to adopt a monthly 
fee of $250 per Certification Logical Port. However, the Exchange notes 
that it will continue to offer free of charge one Certification Logical 
Port per logical port type offered in the production environment (i.e., 
Logical Ports, Logical Ports with Bulk Quoting Capabilities, Purge 
Ports, GRP Ports and Multicast PITCH Server Ports) to each Member or 
non-Member, as applicable. Any additional Certification Logical Ports 
will be assessed $250 per month per port.\8\ Additionally, Members and 
non-Members are not required to purchase any particular production 
logical port in order to receive a corresponding Certification Logical 
Port free of charge.\9\ Further, the Exchange notes that purchasing 
additional Certification Logical Ports is voluntary and not required in 
order to participate in the production environment, including live 
production trading on the Exchange. The Exchange also notes that other 
exchanges similarly assess fees related to their respective testing 
environments.\10\
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    \4\ Logical Ports include FIX and BOE ports (used for order 
entry), drop logical port (which grants users the ability to receive 
and/or send drop copies) and ports that are used for receipt of 
certain market data feeds.
    \5\ Bulk Quoting Capabilities Ports provide users with the 
ability to submit and update multiple bids and offers in one message 
through logical ports enabled for bulk-quoting.
    \6\ Purge Ports allow users to submit a cancelation for all open 
orders, or a subset thereof, across multiple sessions under the same 
Executing Firm ID (``EFID'').
    \7\ Spin Ports and GRP Ports are used to request and receive a 
retransmission of data from the Exchange's Multicast PITCH data 
feeds.
    \8\ For example, if a Member maintains 3 FIX Certification 
Logical Ports, 1 Purge Certification Logical Port, and 1 set of 
Multicast PITCH Spin Server Certification Logical Port, the Member 
will be assessed $500 per month for Certification Logical Port Fees 
(i.e., 1 FIX, 1 Purge and 1 set of Multicast PITCH Spin Server 
Certification Logical Ports x $0 and 2 FIX Certification Logical 
Ports x $250).
    \9\ For example, a Member may obtain a Certification Purge Port 
free of charge, even if that Member has not otherwise purchased a 
Purge Port for the live production environment. Certification 
Logical Ports are not automatically enabled for each User, but 
rather must be proactively requested by users.
    \10\ See e.g., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, Equity 7, Pricing 
Schedule, Section 130. See also MIAX Options Exchange Fee Schedule, 
Section 4, Testing and Certification Fees.
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    Lastly, the Exchange does not intend to prorate Certification 
Logical Ports for the first month of service and intends to make this 
clear in the notes section under the Options Logical Port Fees section 
of the Fees Schedule.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Act'') and the rules and 
regulations thereunder applicable to the Exchange and, in particular, 
the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act.\11\ Specifically, the 
Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
Section 6(b)(5) \12\ requirements that the rules of an exchange be 
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 
mechanism of a free and

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open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect 
investors and the public interest. Additionally, the Exchange believes 
the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the 
Act,\13\ which requires that Exchange rules provide for the equitable 
allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its 
Members and other persons using its facilities.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(4).
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    As noted above, the Exchange's certification environment provides a 
robust and realistic testing experience using a replica of the 
Exchange's production environment process configurations. This 
environment enables market participants to manage risk more effectively 
through testing software development changes in certification prior to 
implementing them in the live trading environment, thereby reducing the 
likelihood of a potentially disruptive system failure in the live 
trading environment, which has the potential to affect all market 
participants. As such, the Exchange believes it's reasonable to adopt a 
Certification Logical Port fee as it better enables the Exchange to 
continue to maintain and improve its testing environment, which the 
Exchange believes serves to improve live production trading on the 
Exchange. The Exchange also believes the proposed Certification Logical 
Port fee is reasonable because while such ports will no longer be 
completely free, Members and non-Members will continue to be entitled 
to receive free of charge one Certification Logical Port for each type 
of logical port that are currently offered in the production 
environment. Notably, the Exchange believes one Certification Logical 
Port per logical port type will be sufficient for most users and indeed 
anticipates that the majority of users will not purchase additional 
Certification Logical Ports. More specifically, while the Exchange has 
no way of predicting with certainty the impact of the proposed changes, 
it anticipates approximately 17% of Users to be assessed fees for 
Certification Logical Ports (i.e., request Certification Ports in 
excess of the Certification Logical Ports provided free of charge). For 
those users who wish to obtain additional Certification Logical Ports 
based on their respective business needs, they are able to do so for a 
modest fee. Indeed, the proposed fee is lower than the fees assessed 
for the corresponding logical ports used in the Exchange's production 
environment.\14\ Additionally, the Exchange notes other exchanges 
similarly assess fees relating to their respective testing 
environments.\15\ Further, the decision to purchase additional ports is 
optional and no market participant is required or under any regulatory 
obligation to purchase excess Certification Logical Ports in order to 
access the Exchange's certification environment.\16\
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    \14\ See Cboe BZX Options Fees Schedule, Options Logical Port 
Fees.
    \15\ See e.g., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, Equity 7, Pricing 
Schedule, Section 130. See also MIAX Options Exchange Fee Schedule, 
Section 4, Testing and Certification Fees.
    \16\ Although many Users use Certification Logical Ports on a 
daily basis, the Exchange notes frequency of use of Certification 
Logical Ports varies by User and depends on a User's business needs. 
To the extent a User purchases additional Certification Logical 
Ports and its respective needs change or it determines it no longer 
wishes to maintain excess Certification Logical Ports, the User is 
free to cancel such ports for the following month(s).
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    The Exchange believes the proposed fee is also equitable and not 
unfairly discriminatory because it applies uniformly to all market 
participants that choose to obtain additional Certification Logical 
Ports. The Exchange also believes the proposed fee is reasonable, 
equitable and not unfairly discriminatory because it is designed to 
encourage market participants to be efficient with their respective 
Certification Logical Port usage. Without some sort of fee for its 
Certification Logical Ports, the Exchange believes that Members and 
non-Members may be less efficient in testing their systems, potentially 
resulting in excessive time and resources being consumed by the 
Exchange in supporting testing and certifying Members and non-Members 
to the detriment of all market participants as Exchange resources are 
diverted away from other trading operations. Additionally, similar to 
its production environment, the Exchange's certification environment 
does not have unlimited system capacity to support unlimited testing. 
As such, the proposed fee structure also ensures that firms that use 
the most capacity pay for that capacity, rather than placing that 
burden on market participants that have more modest needs. The Exchange 
lastly believes that its proposed fee is aligned with the goals of the 
Commission in facilitating a competitive market for all firms that 
trade on the Exchange and of ensuring that critical market 
infrastructure has ``levels of capacity, integrity, resiliency, 
availability, and security adequate to maintain their operational 
capability and promote the maintenance of fair and orderly markets.'' 
\17\
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    \17\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 73639 (November 19, 
2014), 79 FR 72251 (December 5, 2014) (File No. S7-01-13) 
(Regulation SCI Adopting Release).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on intramarket or intermarket competition that is not 
necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The 
Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any 
burden on intramarket competition because as the proposed change 
applies uniformly to all market participants. Additionally, the 
Exchange does not believe that the proposed fee creates an undue burden 
on competition because the Exchange will continue to offer free of 
charge one Certification Logical Port per each logical port type 
offered in the production environment. Although the Exchange now 
proposes to charge users for additional Certification Logical Ports, 
the Exchange believes without some sort of fee assessed for excess 
Certification Logical Ports, Members and non-Members may be less 
efficient in testing their systems, potentially resulting in excessive 
time and resources being consumed by the Exchange and also potentially 
impacting the certification environment's capacity thresholds. The 
proposed fee structure therefore would ensure that market participants 
that pay the proposed fee are the ones that demand the most resources 
from the Exchange. Also as discussed, the purchase of additional ports 
is optional and based on the business needs of each market participant. 
Moreover, such market participants will continue to benefit from access 
to the certification environment, which the Exchange believes provides 
a robust and realistic testing experience via a replica of the 
production environment.
    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule changes will 
impose any burden on intermarket competition that is not necessary or 
appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. Particularly, 
the proposed change applies only to the Exchange's certification 
environment. Additionally, the Exchange notes that it operates in a 
highly competitive market. Members have numerous alternative venues 
that they may participate on and direct their order flow, including 15 
other options exchanges, as well as off-exchange venues, where 
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available for trading. Indeed, participants can readily choose to send 
their orders to other exchange, and, additionally off-exchange venues, 
if they deem overall fee levels at those other venues to be more 
favorable. Moreover, 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.'' \18\ The fact 
that this market is competitive has also long been recognized by the 
courts. In NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the D.C. 
Circuit stated as follows: ``[n]o one disputes that competition for 
order flow is 'fierce.' . . . As the SEC explained, '[i]n the U.S. 
national market system, buyers and sellers of securities, and the 
broker-dealers that act as their order-routing agents, have a wide 
range of choices of where to route orders for execution'; [and] `no 
exchange can afford to take its market share percentages for granted' 
because `no exchange possesses a monopoly, regulatory or otherwise, in 
the execution of order flow from broker dealers'. . . .''.\19\ 
Accordingly, the Exchange does not believe its proposed fee change 
imposes any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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    \18\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 
2005), 70 FR 37496, 37499 (June 29, 2005).
    \19\ NetCoalition v. SEC, 615 F.3d 525, 539 (D.C. Cir. 2010) 
(quoting Securities Exchange Act Release No. 59039 (December 2, 
2008), 73 FR 74770, 74782-83 (December 9, 2008) (SR-NYSEArca-2006-
21)).
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C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    The Exchange neither solicited nor received comments on 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) of the Act \20\ and paragraph (f) of Rule 19b-4 \21\ 
thereunder. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed 
rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission will institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or 
disapproved.
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    \20\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \21\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f).
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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-CboeBZX-2022-021 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-CboeBZX-2022-021. 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-CboeBZX-2022-021 and should be submitted 
on or before April 20, 2022.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\22\
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    \22\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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J. Matthew DeLesDernier,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2022-06633 Filed 3-29-22; 8:45 am]
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