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CheckFree Establishes Consulting Unit

Georgia-based CheckFree, a provider of financial electronic commerce services and applications, formed EC Solutions, a new division of the company that will assist CheckFree's billers, financial institutions, software providers and service bureaus with education and implementation of electronic billing and payment solutions.

The new division, set to launch next month, will operate autonomously of other CheckFree business units and will report directly to Mark A. Johnson, vice chairman of corporate development.

"Since we began providing solutions for electronic billing and payment nearly three years ago, CheckFree has focused on driving the rate of adoption, integration and implementation of Internet-based solutions," said Johnson. "By making knowledgeable resources available to connect financial institutions, billers and third parties to our proven infrastructure, we will enable partners to implement the appropriate services in a more efficient, timely and effective manner."

Services offered by CheckFree EC Solutions will be fee-based and will range from strategic consulting services to contract development work.