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NEWS RELEASE


01/25/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

The PSC Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will recognize National Consumer Protection Week, February 4 - 10, 2007, by dispatching outreach teams across the state to meet with Florida's consumers. National Consumer Protection Week empowers people by highlighting current consumer protection and education efforts in the fight against fraud in communities across the nation.

PSC outreach teams will hold information sessions at libraries across Florida, meeting with consumers about issues related to electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, and telecommunications services. The Commission is committed to ensuring that Floridians receive safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates, while protecting against fraud and promoting the health of the state's economy.

National Consumer Protection Week 2007 - "Read Up and Reach Out: Be an Informed Consumer" - encourages people across the nation to take advantage of the wealth of information that can enhance confidence in the marketplace. PSC staff will share advice on topics such as reading electric meters, making informed decisions about telephone service, and reducing energy and water usage. Also, qualified consumers may sign up for the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline programs at any of these scheduled events. Link-Up Florida and Lifeline help make basic, local telephone service available to low-income customers.

"The Public Service Commission is pleased to be a part of this continuing consumer awareness effort and welcomes the opportunity to partner with the state's public libraries," said PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar. "We encourage Florida's consumers to 'read up and reach out,' to make well-informed decisions about their utility services."

National organizers of this year's consumer week include the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Citizen's Information Center, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Association of Attorneys General.

The PSC's outreach team will be at the following libraries at the listed times and locations:

Monday, February 5, 2007
9:30 a.m. – Noon

New Tampa Regional Library
10001 Cross Creek Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33647
Monday, February 5, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 W. Bearss Ave
Tampa, Florida 33618
Monday, February 5, 2007
10 a.m. – 12 noon

West Atlantic Avenue Branch of Palm Beach County
7777 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida 33446
Monday, February 5, 2007
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Palm Beach County Library System
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
Monday, February 5, 2007
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (CST)

City of Ft. Walton Beach
185 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32548
Monday, February 5, 2007
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (CST)

West Florida Regional Library
Pensacola Public Library, Headquarters
200 West Gregory Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502
Monday, February 5, 2007
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Orange County Library System
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32801
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Jan Platt Regional Library
3910 S. Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33611
Monday, February 5, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Alafaya Library
12000 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32826
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bloomingdale Regional Library
1906 Bloomingdale Avenue
Valrico, Florida 33594
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
10 a.m. – 12 noon

Southwest County Regional Library
20701 95th Avenue S.
Boca Raton, Florida 33434
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

West Boynton Branch
9451 Jog Road
Boynton Beach, Florida 33437
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

West Regional Branch
1425 Chaffee Road, South
Jacksonville, Florida 32220
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Pablo Creek Branch
13295 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

West Tampa Library (College Hill)
2607 E. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33610
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upper Tampa Bay Library
11211 Countryway
Tampa, Florida 33626
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Broward County Division of Libraries
Headquarters, Main Library
100 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Southwest Regional Library
16835 Sheridan Street
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33331
Thursday, February 8, 2007
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, Florida 33573
Thursday, February 8, 2007
10 a.m. – Noon

St. Petersburg Public Library Main Library
3745 Ninth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
 

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.