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The spam filter ate my proposal

In a reminder that spam filtering is still more art than a science, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the Cobb County school district may have overpaid for phones services by about $250,000 because a spam filter trapped the lowest bid. [Registration may be required.]

Apparently the school system wanted a follow-up e-mail from the low bidder, ITC Deltacom, but when it didn't hear anything, it awarded the $670,000-a-year contact to BellSouth.

According to the report, terms such as "long distance" may have tripped the pornography filters.

The blogoshpere is abuzz.

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on May 24, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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