GVTC Blog

  • GVTC volunteers spring into action for local nonprofit

    by David Click | Mar 13, 2017
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    When the Blanco Good Samaritan Center needs to get ready for their spring and summer season they call The GVTC Foundation for help. For the third year in a row, GVTC employee volunteers spent some of their Saturday working at the center.

    Our employees were assigned to remove winter items that will be donated elsewhere. When that was done the group gave the store a good spring cleaning. The Good Samaritan Center is now ready to restock with new merchandise for warmer weather. When the work was done, the Samaritan Center showed their appreciation by feeding our volunteers lunch.

    Money raised from the thrift store operation helps the nonprofit provide food and limited financial assistance to families in need throughout Blanco County. The Blanco Good Samaritan Center is always looking for volunteer assistance or with food and monetary donations. Learn more at www.blancogoodsam.org.

  • GVTC an exclusive partner with Ultra HD trial platform

    by David Click | Mar 02, 2017
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    GVTC is constantly looking to adapt to new technology to bring more value to its customers. Our company is now part of exclusive group of cable TV providers selected to test a unique Ultra HD platform developed by the Luxembourg-based, SES. Only 15 companies, including Fortune 500 company, Frontier Communications, were asked to take part in the testing.

     

    Information collected from our testing results will help SES accelerate the roll-out of Ultra HD programming across North America. SES uses satellite broadband it developed to deliver its Ultra HD signals. SES states its satellite broadband delivery provides a much higher quality viewer experience compared to current Internet-delivered 4K offerings susceptible to bottlenecks, buffering and network congestion. So, if your 4K TV experience isn’t meeting your expectations, GVTC is part of a plan to make it more clear in the near future. http://bit.ly/2lE950V

  • New partnership helps qualified GVTC customers save on closing costs

    by David Click | Feb 28, 2017
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    The GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™ is a unique partnership with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® (CBHarper), one of the market’s top real estate organization. Through the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™, a GVTC customer, who uses Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® to list or purchase their home, may be eligible to receive a cash-back credit at closing. For example, a $200,000 real estate transaction could qualify for approximately $1,200 in savings.

    For every GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™ transaction, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® will contribute $100 to $250 to The GVTC Foundation, based on the final sales price.

    “We are very grateful for CBHarpers donation to our Foundation, from the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™. These contributions will help our Foundation continue its mission in our communities,” GVTC President & CEO, Ritchie Sorrells, said. “Our company is committed to delivering value and the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™ will offer our customers significant savings when buying or selling a home, simply by using the expert services of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.”

    To learn more about the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move, visit GVTC.com/smartmove.

  • How many stars will you give us?

    by David Click | Feb 28, 2017
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    GVTC is committed to creating fiercely loyal customers! To maintain our standard of excellence, your feedback is very important, so we’ve made it easy to tell us how we’re doing. Just click here and choose from Yelp,
    Google+ or Angie’s List to post your review. Take a couple of minutes to share your thoughts. Your comments will help us better serve our valued customers.

  • GVTC supports high school career planning effort

    by David Click | Feb 15, 2017

    Carey Harris HB 5 screen shotGVTC is part of a campaign to encourage incoming high school freshman students to begin planning for their future. House Bill 5 (HB5), passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, gives students more courses to better prepare for careers in Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry, Public Services, Science-Technology-Engineering-Math or STEM, and Multidisciplinary Studies.

    Comal I.S.D. produced a series of awareness videos targeted to 8th grade students. It features community leaders who have a successful career in one of the HB5 study areas. GVTC Network Operations Center Analyst, Carey Harris, relies on numerous technology tools to monitor GVTC’s vast communications network. In the video, he encourages students interested in technology-related jobs, to take STEM classes. Check out the video on YouTube

  • The GVTC Foundation wins prestigious award

    by David Click | Jan 31, 2017

    Boerne Chamber GVTC Foundation Non profit award 2017The GVTC Foundation is honored to be named the 2016 Non Profit of the Year by the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce. The announcement took place at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Party on Saturday, January 28, 2017. In 2016, our Foundation distributed over $85,500 in the Boerne area to 27 nonprofits. GVTC employees also volunteered their time for various causes last year. Immediate Past Chair, Patrick Cohoon, and current Chair, Baron Houser presented the award to Paula White, The GVTC Foundation, president and Foundation board of director, Rich Cheshier.

  • GVTC executive helping to influence broadband policy under Trump administration

    by David Click | Jan 30, 2017

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    GVTC Communications Robert Hunt, GVTC executive & USTelecom chairman, recently participated in a broadband infrastructure summit recently hosted by USTelcom at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The event focused on broadband infrastructure investment and policy under the Trump Administration, which is calling for $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements. Mr. Hunt supports more rural broadband investment, as new infrastructure programs are being conceived on the national level. Panelists included Mark Jamison, Advisor to the Trump FCC transition team. USTelecom is the nation’s premier trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry.

  • GVTC partners with Synacor

    by David Click | Dec 03, 2015
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    GVTC is enhancing its customer experience through
    a partnership with Synacor. GVTC will leverage Synacor's superior products involving mobile apps, VOD, email and search and discovery metadata platform. Learn more in this news release: http://bit.ly/1Is3rZx #GVTCGigaRegion

  • FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Stan Leech, Boerne ISD High School Athletic Director presents Paula White, Manager Public Relations, a plaque for GVTC sponsorship of one of their games.

    by David Click | Nov 24, 2015

    Boerne Football sponsorship 2015 captionGVTC is a proud supporter of local high school football for the 2015 season. Several area schools benefited from our sponsorships, including  Champion High School, Smithson Valley High School, Gonzales High School and Canyon Lake High School. 






  • A HELPING HAND: Kendall County Women's Shelter Executive Director Hattie Allen, along with KCWS Board members and representatives, accept a $5,000 donation from the GVTC Foundation at the Boerne store.

    by David Click | Nov 24, 2015

    Kendall Co Womens Shelter donation 11_15The GVTC Foundation continues to make a difference in the lives of those in need in our communities. Recently, the Foundation donated $5,000 to the Kendall County Women’s Shelter.

    The mission of the Kendall County Women's Shelter is to provide safe, emergency shelter in a supportive environment where Texas Hill Country victims of domestic violence and their children can begin the healing process and receive the support services they need to build new lives.

    To learn more, visit http://www.kcwstexas.org/.

  • 2015 Sponsor a Family

    by David Click | Nov 24, 2015

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    GVTC employees, along with The GVTC Foundation, are making a big impact in the community this Thanksgiving. More than 80 of our employees either donated or volunteered to provide 108 local families in-need a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Families from Kendall to Gonzales Counties benefited from this effort. Below is a picture of our volunteers, led by CEO Ritchie Sorrells, purchasing and distributing the food items. This is our 3rd Sponsor a Family event and it grows every year. Thanks to our GVTC employees for their generous support and thanks to our local food pantries for being wonderful partners. Special thanks to GVTC Foundation V.P. Sonia Aguillon, for organizing all of our very successful Sponsor a Family events. ‪#‎Sponsorafamily

  • KENDALL COUNTY KUDOS: Kendall County Judge Darrell Lux and Mike Fincke, Commissioner, Precinct 1, met with GVTC Executive and GVTC Foundation President Paula White.

    by David Click | Nov 23, 2015

    Kendall County Judge Darrell Lux and Commissioner Mike Fincke, Precinct 1, visited with GVTC executives and Foundation President Paula White to discuss our fiber strategy in Kendall County, the GVTC GigaRegion, and the philanthropic efforts of The GVTC Foundation.
    “They were very impressed with our fiber network, our employees’ participation in The GVTC Foundation, and the impact our donations have made on the community,” Paula said.Kendall Co elected officials caption

    Thanks to Judge Lux and Commissioner Fincke for taking the time to visit GVTC, and continuing to strengthen our partnership with Kendall County.

  • GVTC Foundation and amazonsmile

    by David Click | Nov 23, 2015

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    Love to shop on Amazon? Shop for the holidays on AmazonSmile and donate to a good cause at the same time. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know...same prices, same products, same service. Amazon donates .05% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the GVTC Foundation. Visit smile.amazon.com today!

     
  • GVTC - 2015 San Antonio Express-News Top Workplaces

    by David Click | Oct 23, 2015

    Top Workplaces comboGVTC is proud to be named a 2015 San Antonio Express-News Top Workplaces. Representatives from GVTC attended an awards luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, on October 22, to receive the honor. GVTC placed 13 out of more than 1,150 eligible midsize companies in the San Antonio area. The Top Work Place winners are selected based on results from an employee survey administered by Workplace Dynamics on behalf of San Antonio Express-News. This is GVTC’s fifth San Antonio Express-News Top Workplaces honor. #Ilovemytopworkplaces #Fastfiber








  • Updated Digital TV Tiers

    by David Click | Oct 23, 2015

    Our updated digital TV tiers and channel lineup is now available on GVTC.com.
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  • GVTC GigaRegion® earns national award

    by David Click | Oct 13, 2015

    Bruce Forey Cablefax 2015 Top Ops Award in NYC 2GVTC accepted an industry honor for its creative approach to leveraging fiber optics and gigabit Internet speeds. Cablefax The Magazine presented our company its Independent Technology Award for the GVTC GigaRegion® Rollout. 

    Our partnership with Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales to create The GVTC GigaRegion® to market gigabit technology for economic development and higher quality of life caught the attention of Cablefax judges. As did the marketing strategy, which included a GVTC GigaRegion® workshop that distributed materials and marketing plan each of our partner cities can use to promote itself as part of the GigaRegion®.

    The Independent Technology Award is part of the 2015 Top Ops Awards which recognizes achievements in the cable operator industry. Communications Manager Bruce Forey, pictured at podium, accepted GVTC’s award during a ceremony, in New York City, on October 1. #FastInternet 



  • GVTC urges continues support for rural broadband

    by David Click | Oct 13, 2015

    Hunt_Cyrier caption 10_15Thanks to State Representative John Cyrier, District 17, for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with Robert Hunt, GVTC vice president regulatory affairs & business operations (pictured left).

    Robert recently went to Austin to advocate for continued support of the Texas Universal Service funding to ensure rural Texans are not forced to depend strictly upon wireless or satellite services for broadband connections. 

    Robert also brought Representative Cyrier up to date on GVTC’s commitment to rural broadband deployment which includes GVTC’s 2,200 mile fiber optics network that delivers fast internet speeds, up to 1 Gbps, and covers the GVTC GigaRegion®.

    Representative Cyrier was elected in 2014 to serve District 17, which covers most of GVTC’s service area around Gonzales and Waelder.