Move To Delist Inactive Options Could Free Bandwidth

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The proliferation of North American options data has prompted market data vendors and member firms to urge exchanges to delist inactive equity option classes, a move that could cut options data traffic by almost 50 percent overnight.

For more than a year, equity options exchanges have resisted pressure from member firms to reduce the number of inactive options listed; they refused to relinquish any of their proprietary listings, arguing that inactive issues may some day become active again.

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