Free Downtown Wi-Fi Proves Popular with Residents, Tourists

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More Than 600 Users Log On in First Month

KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 7, 2:00 p.m. – In its first month of availability, Kissimmee Utility Authority’s free Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network or “hot zone” in downtown Kissimmee has hosted more than 600 users.

Launched by the utility on Sept. 7 to help boost downtown revitalization efforts, the service enables residents to surf the Web, check e-mail and send instant messages — all free of charge.

The network currently covers one square mile of downtown, including areas around Kissimmee City Hall, Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County Courthouse, Community House, Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Amtrak and Greyhound stations and numerous restaurants along Broadway. In addition, boaters anchored along the northern tip of Lake Tohopekaliga can access the service.

The wireless network will expand in 2006 to cover two square miles or 80 percent of downtown.

The project is the result of collaboration between KUA.net, the telecommunications division of KUA, and Kissimmee’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com