In a deal that could be the first step in building its own bill-payment service, Fiserv has agreed to purchase BillMatrix, which provides customers with a way to make last-minute payments.

Norm Balthasar, Fiserv's COO, said in an interview Thursday that the Brookfield, Wis.-based technology outsourcing vendor already offers online banking software but has relied on other vendors for bill-payment technology. However, he hinted that the deal could form the foundation of Fiserv's own payment service.

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