GVTC Blog

  • GVTC hits a home run with new channel additions

    by David Click | Sep 01, 2017
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    Just in time for the stretch run of the baseball season, GVTC is pleased to announce the addition of MLB Network and Strike Zone to our channel lineup, beginning September 1. 

    MLB Network has coverage on everything baseball, 24/7, throughout the year. Fans can watch live games, get the latest in baseball news, and catch along with other baseball-related programming. 

    MLB Network Strike Zone takes viewers on a high-speed trip around MLB during the regular season. When live game telecasts air on MLB Network on Tuesday and Friday nights, MLB Network Strike Zone brings fans to every game, with up-to-the-minute highlights, live look-ins and updates, all commercial-free. In addition to game action, MLB Network Strike Zone has the most updated scores, standings and stats throughout the night. 

    MLB Network and Strike Zone GVTC channels:
    MLBN SD: Channel 107
    MLBN HD: Channel 532
    Strike Zone SD: Channel 429
    Strike Zone HD: Channel 513 (Boerne)
    Strike Zone HD: Channel 595 (Blanco)

  • Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Essential Information

    by David Click | Aug 25, 2017
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    GVTC is pleased to offer customers the much-anticipated Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The event is available on GVTC Pay Per View channels, 301 (standard definition) for $89.95 and channel 302 (high definition) for $99.95. 

    The main card is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. CST, with pre-fight coverage starting at 6:00 p.m. CST. Customers can begin purchasing the event at 5:55 p.m. CST. Due to anticipated demand, consider placing your order early to help ensure you don’t miss any of the action. 

    Customers needing technical assistance with their Pay Per View purchase should call 800-FOR-GVTC and select the Mayweather vs. McGregor option.

  • A decade of national FTTH recognition

    by David Click | Aug 18, 2017
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    Make it 10 years in a row for GVTC being selected a Top 100 FTTH Company by Broadband Communities Magazine. The announcement was made in the most recent issue of the magazine. Once again, GVTC is the only telephone cooperative chosen. 

    To be selected, BBC Magazine editors looked for: Organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband. Deploy networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life. Supply key hardware, software or services to deployers. Introduce innovative technologies with game-changing potential, even if they have not yet been commercially deployed. Provide key conditions for fiber builds, such as early-stage support or demand aggregation. 

    Fortune 100 companies that earned the Top FTTH Award, along with GVTC, include AT&T, Spectrum and Google Fiber.

  • GVTC CEO selected as a top area executive

    by David Click | Aug 08, 2017
    Sorrells 2017 C-Suite Award

    Congratulations to GVTC President & CEO, Ritchie Sorrells for being named as a San Antonio Business Journal 2017 C-Suite Award winner. Mr. Sorrells is one of nine San Antonio area CEO’s to be named for the honor. The recipients are selected for their leadership, vision, team building, integrity, along with other characteristics, and accomplishments identified through their nomination form.

    All C-Suite winners will be recognized during a September 20 ceremony at the McNay Art Museum. Mr. Sorrells will also be featured in a special SABJ C-Suite recipients section on September 22. http://bit.ly/2vK6gDM

  • Recognized as a fiber leader

    by David Click | Jul 14, 2017
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    GVTC is regularly honored with accolades and pleased once again to be named a Top 100 Fiber to the Home company by Broadband Communities Magazine.  This is the ninth consecutive year for GVTC to be selected for this award and is the only cooperative in the United States to make this list. 

    In selecting the FTTH Top 100, the editors look for organizations that advance the cause of fiber-based broadband by deploying networks that are large or ambitious, have innovative business plans or are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life and introduce innovative technologies with game-changing potential.

  • Round Up for Change

    by David Click | Jul 14, 2017
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    GVTC has a new program to help support the good works of The GVTC Foundation. Round Up for Change allows customers to automatically increase their monthly billing statement to the next dollar amount. Proceeds are donated to The GVTC Foundation who supports our community with donations to local nonprofits and offering two college scholarships to area high school students.  

    Joining forces with The GVTC Foundation is easy. Go to GVTC.com/roundup and click the Log in to Enroll button, follow the steps and that’s it. Or, you can call 800-FOR-GVTC and one of our customer service representatives can help you with enrollment. A video on the Round Up for Change website has more information on the program. 

    Your small change will add up to make a big difference in our community. Take a few minutes to enroll today!

  • Annual Meeting takes care of business

    by David Click | Jul 14, 2017
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    GVTC successfully held its 62nd Annual Meeting on June 28, at the New Braunfels Convention/Civic Center. With a quorum established, members voted on five available board of director positions. All incumbent GVTC board of directors were reelected and include George Steinke, District 1; Jameson (Jamey) Arnold, District II; Clint Swindall, District II; Richard Elkins, District III; and Tony Spears, District V. Thanks to all nominees for their willingness to serve on the GVTC board.

    The members also approved an amendment change to allow for electronic and mail balloting to bring our cooperative in line with current Texas laws and industry best practices.

    Chairman Charles Knibbe announced this year’s capital credits disbursements would exceed $4.8. million dollars. Members who did not pick up their capital credits check at the Annual Meeting had their amount due this year applied to their July billing statement. 

    President and CEO, Ritchie Sorrells, revealed GVTC would again expand its fiber network to members. At least another 1,000 homes are part of the project. Customers will be notified by GVTC when fiber service is available in their neighborhood. GVTC now has a fiber to the home connection available to 73 percent of rooftops across its 2,000 square mile service area. 

    The Annual Meeting also included drawings for $12,300 worth of prizes and merchandise, which included a retired GVTC work truck, worth an estimated $6,000. Congratulations to Mark Rosequist for winning the truck. Mark is pictured with his family and drove the truck home after the Annual Meeting.

  • GVTC Net Neutrality Position Statement

    by David Click | Jul 12, 2017

    GVTC supports an open Internet and FCC Chairman Pai’s plans to restore Internet freedom by reversing the FCC's 2015 ruling that classified broadband internet access providers as common carriers subject to utility style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. Specifically: 

    • GVTC agrees that consumers should have unfettered access to Internet content.

    • GVTC agrees that consumer’s privacy should be protected by ISP’s like GVTC as well as by Internet applications such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc..

    • GVTC does not block or throttle consumer access to lawful internet Content.

    • GVTC does not use consumer data without their consent for marketing GVTC services.

    • GVTC does not resell consumer data to third parties.

    • GVTC does not engage in unlawful or anticompetitive discrimination against websites, streaming video services, and voice applications that may compete with the traditional services we offer.

    • GVTC does not offer pay-for-priority services.

    • GVTC DOES INVEST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ANNUALLY in our network to give our consumers the internet speed, capacity and services they want most.

  • Among the best

    by David Click | Jun 09, 2017
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    GVTC is honored to once again be named a San Antonio Business Journal Best Places to Work award. We finished in the top 10 among San Antonio area large size companies. This is GVTC’s sixth year to win the award. All Best Places to Work winners will be recognized during a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt on July 20, 2017. Thanks to our executive team, managers and employees for their commitment to make GVTC a Best Places to Work.

  • GVTC Scores Big in Fundraiser for Charity

    by David Click | May 31, 2017
    2017 GVTC Golf Classic Check Presentation

    The GVTC Charitable Golf Classic once again generated record funds to help nonprofits and other causes in the Texas Hill Country and Gonzales areas.

     The May 9, 2017, event at the JW Marriot San Antonio Hill Country Resort raised $192,001.56, which is a 22 percent net increase over the previous year. More than 240 golfers from around the country participated in the event, with play taking place on both JW Marriott’s TPC golf courses.

    The GVTC Charitable Golf Classic is the primary fundraiser for The GVTC Foundation, which contributes thousands of dollars annually to local nonprofits that support health & human services, youth programs, volunteer emergency services, education, culture and select public charities.

    Since 2007, The GVTC Foundation has given more than $2.3 in donations. In 2016, over $228,000 was donated to 74 organizations. The Foundation also awards the annual Ritchie T. Sorrells Scholarship for Leaders and the Ola Armstrong Scholarship, worth $20,000 each. GVTC employees also volunteer for numerous service projects to help local charities. 

    “GVTC and The GVTC Foundation board of directors’ thanks all of our wonderful sponsors for their participation in our 2017 Charitable Golf Classic,” Ritchie Sorrells, GVTC president & CEO, said. “The success of our fundraiser and positive impact it’s had in our community would not be possible without their commitment to our Foundation’s mission.”

  • GVTC hosts pen pal students with year end pizza party

    by David Click | May 23, 2017
    2017 Pen Pal Group Shot

    After a school year of letter writing between mostly third graders and GVTC employees the day arrived for pen pals to meet each other in person.
        A bus load of students Rebecca Creek Elementary and Startzville Elementary arrived at GVTC headquarters for a face-to-face chat over lunch with their adult mentor. Over pizza and a juice pack, they got to know each other better talking about stuff that matters to nine-year old’s. After lunch, the students and their GVTC pen pal toured company headquarters and paused for a photo. 

    Thanks to our 29 employees who participated in the program. Their time and attention made a difference in the lives of these young students. 

  • Save the date for GVTC’s Annual Meeting

    by David Click | May 19, 2017

     

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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017, marks the 62nd GVTC Annual Meeting, taking place at the New Braunfels Convention/Civic Center, located at 375 S. Castell Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting officially starting at 7:30 p.m.

    GVTC’s Annual Meeting is where members can learn more about the direction of the company, vote on director of the board positions and by-law changes. Eligible members can also pick up their capital credits disbursement check at the event. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away, including a 2003 F150 XLT extended cab truck.

    Click here for details on prize give-away rules, capital credit check information and the board of director nomination process. Look forward to seeing you at GVTC’s 62nd Annual Meeting

  • Skybell® now part of the GVTC connectHome® lineup

    by David Click | May 19, 2017

    Skybell through smart phone

    Do you want to get a video clip when a package is left at your door, or someone rings your doorbell? The GVTC connectHome® line of Honeywell Lyric security products now includes Skybell® — a high-definition video doorbell that lets homeowners enjoy new levels of security, control, and convenience wherever they are in the world.

    GVTC is now offering the connectHome® Skybell® for only $34.95 per month. This package comes with one Skybell®, in silver or bronze, three wireless sensors, one motion detector and one Lyric Touch screen pad. Customers also receive GVTC security monitoring service with the ability to arm, disarm and receive system events via mobile app.

    GVTC’s partnership with Honeywell, one of the most trusted brands in security products, helps give you peace of mind, even when you are away from home. Visit GVTC.com/residential/security/connecthome-security or call 800-FOR-GVTC for complete details or to sign up today.

  • 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.