Until a few years ago, payment card processors and merchant acquirers found it relatively easy to incorporate biannual April and October updates of interchange-rate tables and other mandates from the payment networks into their systems.

But as the networks began to issue “off-cycle” requirements, such as an authorization fee assessed on acquirers in March 2009 (see story),  many acquirers and processors found themselves devoting more time and personnel to keep pace.

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