KUA Implements MSN Alerts

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 11, 10:30 a.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) has partnered with Microsoft’s MSN Alerts to provide important and time-sensitive messages from the utility to interested subscribers.

Subscribers can receive the instant notifications on a computer via MSN® Messenger or Windows® Messenger, an e-mail inbox, a mobile device or all three. Participants control how and when to receive messages by specifying preferences during the setup process.

“This new service uses the Microsoft instant messaging platform to deliver news, conservation and safety tips and power restoration updates to our customers anytime, anywhere,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of corporate communications. “The restoration updates will be especially helpful should a hurricane or severe storm pass through the area.”

Companies currently offering MSN Alerts include MSNBC, Nasdaq, eBay, Fox Sports and Expedia.com. Subscribers can also use the service to receive Amber Alerts about abducted children in the Central Florida area.

To register, visit the utility’s Web site at www.kua.com and click on the MSN Alerts button at the bottom of the homepage. Participants can unsubscribe from the service at any time.

KUA and MSN Alerts do not charge for sending alerts to a mobile device; however, some mobile service providers may charge for every text message received, including alerts, and may also charge to reply to an alert.

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