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Mayor, Pratt finally agree to replace city phone system
Mayor, Pratt finally agree to replace city phone system

For three years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt have fought over a stalled upgrade of Baltimore's outdated municipal phone system. Accusations have flown. Legal battles have been waged. Millions in taxpayer dollars, both sides agree, have been wasted. Now they have agreed to move forward. The city's Board of Estimates, on which both women sit, is expected to hire a consultant Wednesday to prepare a request for bids and then oversee a system-wide upgrade of Baltimore's aging phones to modern Voice-over-Internet-Protocol technology. The Battles Group of Silver Spring will be paid $205,000 to prepare the bid request and provide help during a...

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