Published: Sep 08, 2011 9:10 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that the largest prepaid cell phone company in the country owes Kentucky more than $4.7 million in unpaid 911 emergency fees dating to 2003.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn ruled on Thursday that Miami-based TracFone Wireless owes the state because it didn't pay the service fee starting eight years ago after arguing it did not apply to prepaid wireless providers.
Heyburn said that, despite changes in the law, Kentucky was entitled to collect $2.5 million in unremitted fees from November 2003 through July 2006, $2 million in fees from July 2006 through June 2011 and $139,000 in fees from July 2006 through September 2009.
The Kentucky Commercial Mobile Radio Service, which oversees wireless emergency 911 service, sued TracFone in 2008 over the fees.

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