Magazine article American Banker

On-Line Billing Service Would Cut Banks out of Process

Magazine article American Banker

On-Line Billing Service Would Cut Banks out of Process

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International Billing Services announced an alliance with NetDelivery Corp. that will let companies bill customers on-line without going through banks or other data consolidators.

Using the "push" technology capabilities of the Internet, the NetDelivery system will present bills automatically to desktop personal computers.

NetDelivery's approach is similar to Pointcast Inc.'s method for sending news stories; information is downloaded to the consumer's computer automatically..

International Billing, a division of USCS International Inc. in Rancho Cordova, Calif., had previously entered into alliances with three major electronic billing consolidators: Checkfree Corp., Intuit Inc., and MSFDC, the joint venture of Microsoft Corp. and First Data Corp.

The NetDelivery agreement "builds upon our stated goal of working with all major, important players in the electronic billing marketplace," said Randy Lintecum, International Billing's president.

"NetDelivery does not have a marquee name," said Thomas H. Roberts, International Billing's vice president of marketing. "But the technology they have developed and are applying to electronic banking has a lot of promise to carve out a chunk of Internet bill delivery."

NetDelivery's Electronic Delivery Management system relies upon a patented technique that the Boulder, Colo.-based company calls "invited push."

Other push approaches emulate broadcasting, using one transmitting computer to send data to many receiving personal computers. …

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