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Madison County 911 Board files suit against Knology

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A battle between the Madison County 911 Board and Knology could be headed to court. A battle between the Madison County 911 Board and Knology could be headed to court.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A battle between the Madison County 911 Board and Knology could be headed to court.

The board recently filed a lawsuit against the cable and telephone company after they allegedly failed to collect 911 emergency charges they're legally required to collect.

Officials at the board said Tuesday that although they don't have an exact number right now of how much Knology owes them, it's estimated to be around $250,000. They said it is a complicated situation, but it ultimately boils down to how Knology and 54 other phone companies collect and share the charges.

The board said every person that is able to call 911 is supposed to be charged a $2.19 fee for every residential line. But, some companies dispute what is considered a residential line and therefore are able to get away with charging different amounts.

The board hired a law firm out of Birmingham to oversee the case, and if a judge rules in favor of the board, prices that Knology charges for their phone service could increase.

"We believe Knology is doing this to gain a competitive advantage over other companies that do follow the law," Larry Moore, the attorney for the board, said in a statement.

"We're hoping to prove this in court, and it's imperative that all of these carriers follow the law."

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