USPS to halt online bill-paying service

FRAMINGHAM (11/17/2003) - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) said it will discontinue eBillPay, its online bill-paying service, as of April 4, 2004. In a filing with the Postal Rate Commission on Friday, Nicholas Barranca, the Postal Service's vice president for product development, said the USPS won't renew its contract for the service with CheckFree Corp. when it expires.

The Postal Service didn't give a reason for its decision in its filing. USPS officials couldn't be reached for comment today.

Norcross, Ga.-based CheckFree operates the service, which enables customers to review, view and pay their bills electronically via the USPS Web site.

In addition, the USPS said it will stop two other services currently operated by CheckFree: USPS Send Money, an electronic money-transfer service, and USPS Pay@Delivery, which allows customers to combine the Send Money offering with its Delivery Confirmation service.

In March 2002, the USPS discontinued its two-year-old secure electronic delivery service, PosteCS. That service allowed customers to electronically transfer digital files that were too large for commercial e-mail services.

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