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NEWS RELEASE


07/31/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Report Finds Florida Communications Companies Vying For Customers


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) newly released Report on the Status of Communications in the Telecommunications Industry shows an evolving communications market in Florida with varied types of telecommunications companies – wireline, wireless, and cable – competing for customers.

“Floridians have more choices than ever in the competitive communications market,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II.  “Variety in the voice services market means consumers can shop for the best deal to meet their budget and their needs.”

The annual PSC report, delivered to the Florida Legislature on July 30, compiled data from over 300 Florida telecommunications companies for a 12-month period ending December 31, 2008.

The report reveals that consumer options for voice communications continue to expand, and wireless and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol services continue to gain in popularity.  While most households still subscribe to traditional wireline service, intermodal competition for voice communications services is delivering greater flexibility and more choices for Florida consumers.

The full report can be found on the PSC Web site at Publications/Reports.

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.



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