KUA.net to Offer Hispanic Internet Users’ Group on Thursday

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 18, 8:30 am — In an effort to serve a growing Hispanic community in Central Florida, KUA.net – the internet division of the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) – will be hosting its first-ever internet users’ group in Spanish on Thursday, July 19. The Hispanic users’ group meeting will be provided free of charge.

According to a recent survey by the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA), roughly half of Hispanic American internet users are dominant Spanish speakers, meaning that Spanish is the primary language used in their homes. Based on these statistics and given that 71% of internet users access the web from home, the need for local Spanish-language resources has increased. In addition, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce revealed that Hispanic Americans had the lowest internet penetration of any major ethnic group in the U.S.

“Our research shows that low internet usage among Hispanic Americans can be attributed to language barriers,” said Chris Gent, KUA’s manager of communications. “KUA.net believes that Spanish-speaking groups and individuals will benefit from increased offerings in their native tongue.”

The users’ group meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 19, at KUA’s headquarters at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee. This first meeting is an opportunity for internet users to meet KUA.net’s bilingual help desk staff and ask internet-related questions in an open forum. Participants will enjoy complimentary refreshments and door prizes. Reservations are not required and participants do not have to be KUA.net members in order to attend.

In addition, KUA.net has begun offering internet classes in Spanish for those wishing to learn the basics of internet surfing and web page development.

For more information, contact KUA.net at (407) 933-7777 or toll-free statewide at (877) 582-7700.

KUA is Florida’s 7th largest community-owned utility serving 53,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties. KUA celebrates its 100th year of serving the community in 2001.

Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116