In a move that may portend new obligations for the banking industry, Bank of America Corp. on Wednesday became the first banking company to promise a national rollout of "talking" automated teller machines for blind people.

Bank lobbyists are busy fighting a proposed amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act that would require all bank and nonbank ATM deployers to offer talking ATMs wherever the machines are installed. The Consumer Bankers Association estimates that upgrades would cost an extra $10,000 per machine.

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