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Spam filter cost schools $250,000

Tender 'lost in the mail' excuse
Wed May 24 2006, 07:56
SCHOOLS in Cobb County will have to pay more than $250,000 extra for their phone services after a leading bid was caught in a spam filter.

Elite Telecom Services bid for the contract to provide telephone services to the school system and undercut the next best bidder, BellSouth by $250,000.

But his bid never made it to the school on time and the school's administrators are blaming an over enthusiastic spam filter.

It would be a good 'dog ate my homework excuse', but the school is also being investigated by a Grand Jury at the moment for writing a failed contract with Apple to provide laptops for students and teachers.

ETS's president Mike Russell said that the email that went missing was a follow-up to a formal, written and bound bid. He said that every e-mail sent by him was received except this one, which he thinks was a little odd.

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