Internet banking and brokerage will be a top priority for Fleet Boston Corp., the entity to be formed by the proposed $16 billion merger of Fleet Financial Group and BankBoston Corp.

"We intend to build our electronic banking and brokerage services to become one of the world's premier financial services companies," said Robert Higgins, Fleet's president and chief operating officer. He would manage the merged $180 billion-asset company's retail and commercial businesses in the United States.

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