Total System Services Inc. and Checkfree Corp. have announced an electronic billing alliance.

Total System is the second-largest credit card processor for banks. Checkfree is the leading bill payment processor. The alliance will let credit card holders receive and pay their bills over the Internet.

Checkfree and Total System said their service is currently available and can have a bank up and running within 90 days.

"We have hitched (our billing system) to Total System Services," said Hayden Reed, vice president at Atlanta-based Checkfree. "Many of the credit card issuers using Total System are the same banks that Checkfree supports."

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