T-Base Communications Acquires CNIB's Autobill Service

    OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - T-Base Communications and CNIB announced
today that they have signed a definitive agreement under which T-Base will
acquire CNIB's Autobill technology, and assume immediate responsibility for
the continued delivery of alternative format statements for CNIB's Autobill
    T-Base Communications is the industry leader in the delivery of secure
and private alternative format communications solutions, serving the world's
most demanding financial institutions, telecom service providers, and
government organizations under their AccessAbill brand. With the acquisition
of CNIB's Autobill program, blind, deafblind and partially sighted consumers
unable to read conventional print are assured access to the most secure,
private, and reliable alternative format reporting available in the market
    "We see this as a very positive development for CNIB and our Autobill
customers," says Margaret McGrory, Vice-President, Information Systems & CIO &
Managing Director, CNIB Library. Fully conversant with and experienced in
guiding with access in mind, T-Base ensures that clients understand the issues
with respect to independent access to private and secure information for their
blind, deafblind and partially sighted customers.
    When CNIB embarked upon the Autobill project, it was to fill an important
void in the market. The emergence of world-class companies such as T-Base to
serve this market need is great news for CNIB's commercial customers. "This
will allow the CNIB Library to re-focus on its core business - ensuring a
sustainable alternative format collection and library service for persons with
print disabilities" adds McGrory.
    This type of venture is not new to T-Base Communications, who works
closely with several not-for-profit organizations to offer secure statement
processing more broadly, providing quality and timely delivery of sensitive,
personal consumer information in alternative formats. "We are thrilled to add
CNIB to this list of such relationships," says Sharlyn Ayotte, President and
CEO of T-Base. "Our business reach, scale, and growing customer list ensures
that this vital service is available to all blind and partially sighted
consumers across Canada, regardless of who they bank with or which
telecommunication or utility service provider they may choose."
    Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Both T-Base and CNIB look
forward to ensuring a rapid and seamless transition. The acquisition, which is
subject to regulatory and other customary conditions, is expected to close in
early 2009.

    About T-Base Communications

    Specializing in website accessibility, braille, large print, e-Text and
audio, T-Base Communications provides alternative format solutions, assisting
government and Fortune 500 companies to communicate with their customers who
cannot access information in conventional ways. Working with the most
progressive companies globally, T-Base converts conventionally printed
statements and documents into alternative formats privately and securely,
providing leading organizations the opportunity to reach a wider audience
while simultaneously meeting the diverse information needs of their client
base. For more information, visit www.tbase.com or call 1-800-563-0668.

    About CNIB

    CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to
public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB
provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life
while living with vision loss. Through advocacy work and a world-renowned
library, CNIB is working to give Canadians living with vision loss access to
the alternative format reading materials to meet their information needs. The
CNIB Library contains more than 80,000 titles in braille, printbraille and
talking book format, descriptive videos, newspapers and magazines as well as
online services. To find out more, visit www.cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642.

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Deanna White, Media Relations,
T-Base Communications, Inc., (613) 236-0866, Ext. 231, dwhite@tbase.com

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