Coffee County 911 Board’s Lawsuit Tossed

A Federal District Judge has tossed out  a lawsuit filed by the Coffee County 911 Board that sought more fees from AT&T. Nine other Tennessee 911 Districts took legal action against the telephone giant some years ago, claiming they were owed hundred of thousands of dollars in uncollected fees. AT&T collects a monthly 911 surcharge from residential and commercial customers and then disburses the money to each district, most of which are almost fully funded by the user fees. Last week Chattanooga District Judge Curtis Collier ruled in favor of AT&T. He says the County’s claim “strained the language of the 911 law” and any collections shortfalls should have been revealed by  regulatory audits. Collier notes the systems also never requested audits in the past. An attorney for the plaintiffs says he’s not sure if the group will appeal.

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