KUA Seeks Customer Input on Broadcast of Meetings

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 10, 2013 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority is asking its customers to participate in an online survey to gather feedback on the broadcast of its monthly board of directors meetings.

The utility is exploring the concept of broadcasting its monthly meetings on Access Osceola, Kissimmee’s local government cable access channel, as well as streaming the meetings on the internet and having them available for on-demand viewing on its website. KUA’s board generally meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. with special meetings scheduled as needed.

The estimated start-up cost to broadcast the meetings is $73,500, according to vendor estimates. Although all costs would ultimately be paid for by utility customers, KUA does not have any plans to raise base electric rates to cover the expense, should the initiative move forward.

“One advantage of considering this concept now is that KUA’s Brinson Board Room is scheduled to go through an equipment upgrade in the current budget year, which will improve both the audio and lighting capabilities of the room,” said utility spokesman Chris Gent. “This would lower the projected cost, with the remaining portion of the broadcast infrastructure to be funded through available contingency funds.”

The utility survey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/kuabroadcast) will remain open through Feb. 27.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836