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Judge consents to 911 suit against BellSouth

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Dispatchers work at the 911 Communications Center off of Amnicola Highway. Photo by Dan Henry / Times Free Press Dispatchers work at the 911 Communications Center off of Amnicola Highway. Photo by Dan Henry / Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- A federal judge this week consented to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving 10 Tennessee 911 districts suing BellSouth for unpaid fees over years of service.

On Monday, Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier upheld in part and dismissed in part the lengthy lawsuit, which allows the case to move forward.

"Judge Collier's opinion is a significant victory for the citizens served by the 10 county 911 systems that are presently involved in litigation against BellSouth," said Tom Greenholtz, an attorney for the districts. "The goal of this litigation is for all of our communities to have access to properly funded and reliable 911 services when the services are needed."

BellSouth has declined to comment on pending litigation.

Collier denied the phone company's attorneys request to dismiss claims made by the districts early in the process.

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