A plan by Bank of America Corp. to begin offering electronic bill presentment by yearend to California checking customers could provide new momentum to that much-hyped but still sparsely deployed service.

The bank has completed an employee pilot, launched in March, that proved it could transmit Bank of America credit card bills to consumers electronically, said Jane S. Wallace, senior vice president, in an interview last week at American Banker's Online '99 conference. She said she expects billers other than Bank of America to be sending bills through the system in time for the rollout.

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