KUA Announces Lower Phone Rates

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 20, 11:30 am — Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) on Monday announced lower residential telephone rates that will make communications simpler and more affordable for Central Florida consumers. The new rates took effect on July 19 and lowered costs by an average of 15 percent.

KUA, in partnership with Sparks Communications of New Smyrna Beach, offers affordable, flat-rate calling plans to residential and small business subscribers. Residential calling plans range from $24.95 – $54.95 per month and include local and long distance calling as well as popular features like call waiting, call forwarding, call block, speed dialing and voice mail.

Under the new rate schedule, the Home Plan will be phased out by Sparks Communications. Existing subscribers to the Home Plan will be grandfathered in at the previous rate. Those subscribers on the City Plan or America Plan will have their monthly bills automatically adjusted to a lower rate — 14 percent and seven percent respectively — beginning with their next bill.

Under the “Mi Isla” Plan, designed to meet the needs of Central Florida’s growing Hispanic population, per-minute calls to Puerto Rico have been lowered from 16 cents to 12 cents per minute.

“Consumers are the real winners here,” said Jef Gray, vice president of information technology. “This rate reduction confirms our commitment to residents and small businesses who seek an affordable alternative to Sprint, BellSouth and Verizon.”

A new international calling plan will be offered this fall that features unlimited, flat-rate long distance calling to the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico (Mexico City only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia (Moscow only), Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

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

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