According to a telecommunications executive in Atlanta, Georgia's Cobb County School District missed a possible opportunity to save $250,000 a year in a telephone services deal, because the district's spam eMail filter captured his bid information before it reached officials' desktops.

District officials admit they never received the eMail message in question from Mike Russell, president of Elite Telecom Services. However, they say they have time-stamped evidence suggesting that Russell's bid would not have won anyway--and that he has taken belated advantage of the situation to claim he should have.

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