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FLORIDIANS PAYING ONE OF THE HIGHEST CELLULAR PHONE RATES IN USA

 FLORIDIANS PAYING ONE OF THE HIGHEST CELLULAR PHONE RATES IN USA
 MIAMI, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 400,000 cellular phone users in Florida are on the receiving end of one of the highest rates in the country, if Florida's legislature gets its way, according to Len Torres, president of the Florida Cellular Agents Association (FCAA). Torres is currently fighting to have Bill 2094 heard by the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, a bill that would have no fiscal impact, but does call for a study of Florida's cellular industry by the Public Service Commission.
 "Customers in Florida, receiving equivalent cellular service, are paying up to 73 percent more than in Chicago. Moreover, cellular rates in Florida continue to increase because of lack of competition. It's unbelievable that our elected officials don't want to act on this important consumer issue," said Torres. "Thirty-five out of 50 states have some form of cellular regulation, why doesn't Florida? More importantly, why aren't officials interested?"
 Earlier this year, at the urging of FCAA, the Senate Commerce Committee staff completed a comprehensive study of the cellular industry and voted on Feb. 17, 1992 by an 8 to 5 margin to pass Bill 2094. This sent the bill for review to two more committees: Sen. Jenne's Finance and Taxation Committee and Sen. Gardner's Appropriations Committee. Neither committee has moved on the bill, thus preventing it from reaching the Senate floor for a vote, though the FCAA has repeatedly pleaded for intervention from Senate President Margolis' office, there has been no response.
 "Without Bill 2094, Florida consumers will continue to pay exorbitant cellular rates for another 3 1/2 years without recourse to any state agency. We will continue to pursue this issue on behalf of the consumer and see the extension of this year's legislative session as another opportunity to fight for fairness," says Torres. The FCAA is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, telephone number is 305-581-7980. Torres advises consumers to call Senators Jenne, Gardner, Margolis and House Speaker Wetherell.
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 /CONTACT: Len Torres, president of the Florida Cellular Agents Association, 305-581-7980/ CO: Florida Cellular Agents Association, Inc. ST: Florida IN: TLS SU: LEG


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