GVTC Blog

  • Control is Good – 4 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe this Summer

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jun 07, 2019
    Pool parties, week-long getaways, and all the watermelon you can eat. You know what time it is: summer! It’s also the time of year where we must keep an extra eye on our children to ensure their safety and wellbeing, whether through giving the “don’t talk to strangers” speech or implementing parental controls on their devices. As kids spend more time on internet-connected devices, it’s extremely important that we set healthy boundaries. With family being at the core of GVTC, we came up with four ways you can take control of your home, so you can stop worrying about what shenanigans the kids are up to and trust they’ll be safe while making summer memories.
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  • The GVTC Foundation Awards FOUR 2019 Scholarships

    by Paula Novodvorschi | May 29, 2019
    Since 2011, The GVTC Foundation has awarded $203,000 in scholarships to local high school students and more than $3.3 million to charitable organizations throughout GVTC’s service area since it started in 2006. And this year, there was a very exciting addition to scholarship opportunities!
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  • GVTC Member Dividend Program Increases Dividend

    by Paula Novodvorschi | May 29, 2019
    Last year, GVTC launched its Member Dividend Program (MDP) to further reward its loyal member-owners for “choosing local.” Curious if you’re eligible? Read on. In June 2018, the GVTC Board of Directors approved trimming active member payments by 20% every month, on qualifying services, simply for being a loyal member of the co-op. This year, GVTC is taking things further.
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  • 2019 GVTC Charitable Golf Classic Breaks Fundraising Record!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | May 29, 2019
    The GVTC Foundation, established in 2006 to profoundly enhance the quality of life for residents in GVTC Communications' service area, is pleased to announce that its 15th Annual GVTC Charitable Golf Classic on April 23 broke a new fundraising record! 95% of those funds go back to local nonprofits, and....
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  • Record-Breaking Capital Credits from GVTC!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | May 29, 2019
    In a unanimous vote by the GVTC Board of Directors, GVTC members can expect the largest Capital Credits announcement ever! GVTC is a tax exempt, member-owned Texas Cooperative, which means any revenues over and above its operating expenses are returned to its active members in the form of Capital Credits. This year....
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  • The GVTC Foundation's Outreach Efforts Year 'Round

    by Paula Novodvorschi | May 24, 2019
    We see acts of goodwill everywhere we go, however small or discrete they may be. Have you ever noticed the $1, $3, and $5 coupon donations displayed at the HEB checkout counters? Perhaps a hanging street banner for a “Back the Badge 5K Race” caught your eye one day as you drove into work. Whatever your contact may be with philanthropic efforts like these, there are many opportunities to make a difference in your community that you may not be aware of, and even more opportunities you can capitalize on. So, we’re here to shine a light on a few notable ones in our area.
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  • Bigger Is Not Always Better

    by Paula Novodvorschi | May 16, 2019
    Sometimes bigger is better, but when it comes to choosing your Internet Service Provider (ISP), quantity doesn’t really matter so much as quality does. We all know who the supposed “Big Guys” are (Spectrum, AT&T, and Comcast to name a few), but while their brand is known from coast to coast due to their sheer size and large advertising budgets, often it’s the smaller, local ISPs like GVTC Communications who offer the same, if not better, products and services to support their community.
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  • Like Having Superpowers: Endless Options with GVTC connectHome®

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 26, 2019
    It’s no secret the future is now. What may seem like a secret is that today anyone can be a superhero from home. Picture this, there's been a crime. Somebody has eaten all the cookies from the cookie jar and both parents and kids swear by their innocence. With no evidence of cookie crumbs trailing back to the culprit, how is anyone supposed to know who really did it? GVTC connectHome® smart security automation, that’s how. Easily view live video of your home on any mobile device from our Honeywell® Total Connect app to see who the real cookie monster is. Move along Superman, there’s a new superhero in town!
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  • Say it with us, “No Mo’ FOMO!”

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 19, 2019
    Spring is in full swing, the weather is finally matching our mood, and we’re all catching the social-butterfly bug again. Coincidentally, it’s also time for some of San Antonio’s best outdoor events! To help make it easy to pencil fun into your year, we compiled a list of our favorite local events happening in 2019. Ready, set, book:
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  • What makes GVTC a Co-op?

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Apr 17, 2019
    You hear us say things like, “GVTC’s a Co-op!” and “You’re a member-owner!” all the time. But what exactly does that mean? And why should you care as long as your services run smoothly? Well, the fact that GVTC is a cooperative, rather than a privately-owned business, provides tremendous added value to those that qualify as a “member” when signing up for our services.
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  • Giving back, the Texan way: Texas, Golf, and Charity

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Mar 28, 2019
    Texas, the home of the Valero Open and Lee Trevino, where, just like sweet tea on a hot summer day, there are some things that are just better together. In our beautiful state of Texas, we have a knack for taking some of life’s best guilty pleasures and giving them a deeper meaning by combining them with our neighborly and community-based attitudes. GVTC strives to achieve just that with our GVTC Annual Charitable Golf Classic on April 23.
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  • Why Did I Receive a 1099-DIV for MDP?

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Mar 20, 2019
    Last year, GVTC introduced the Member Dividend Program (MDP) to show our appreciation and commitment to our members. It was a big initiative that we believe our customers deserve and will benefit from for many years. In response to inquiries about recent IRS Form 1099-DIVs sent out in January to those opted into MDP, we want to explain this program and help resolve any confusion customers may have.
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  • Member Dividend Program: A Year in Review!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Mar 20, 2019
    As many of you know, GVTC launched a first-of-its-kind member program that has further propelled GVTC forward in our community and industry. Introduced in June 2018 at the direction of the GVTC Board of Directors, the Member Dividend Program (MDP) offered GVTC members a 20% dividend (which was applied to reduce the payment) on their monthly statement simply for being a loyal cooperative member-customer!
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  • Bye Bye, Slow WiFi!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Mar 05, 2019
    When you depend on something for all aspects of your life like we do with the Internet, it needs to be reliable. So why is it that sometimes we feel the High-Speed Internet we pay for doesn’t live up to its name? More than likely you’re making one of the top 3 common mistakes that affect your Wi-Fi speeds. Luckily, GVTC can help!
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  • The New Way to Protect & Customize Your Home

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Mar 05, 2019
    “More than a house.” That’s what buzzes through most people’s minds when you first start house shopping. Everyone’s experience is different—and equally, so are your needs. But one resounding similarity we all share is the question of “How do I make this feel like home?”
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  • A Different Cup of Tee

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Mar 05, 2019
    Every year, GVTC’s philanthropic arm, The GVTC Foundation, hosts its annual Charitable Golf Classic to raise money for the areas we serve, and we’re less than two months away from the big day! We’re excited for another opportunity to raise hopes, standards, and records for reaching our fundraiser goal.
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  • Fiber Unleashed: Say goodbye to loading times and hello to free time!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 31, 2019
    We’ve all been there… You’re ready to watch the movie you spent half an hour selecting only to have it pause every few seconds to load. Or… you text your spouse a picture of what you need from the store, but the image won’t load even though you’re connected to WiFi. The stories are countless, but one thing they all have in common is their ability to frustrate you – leaving you dead in the water with accomplishing what’s at hand. Luckily, Fiber Internet makes loading times a thing of the past.
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  • 5 Ways To Survive College On A Budget

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 23, 2019
    Congrats! You’ve survived the last four years of high school and are on your way to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life: college. It’s going to be very fun, it’s going to be very hard, and it’s most definitely going to be very expensive, costing anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000 a year in tuition alone. To help you navigate through these awesome but economically scarce years ahead, we’ve put together a list of the best kept college secrets on how to budget like a pro, without having to live solely on ramen noodles.
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  • A Look at 2018

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 29, 2018
    Looking back at the goals we set for 2018, I’m proud to say that GVTC Communications not only stayed true to its promise of providing the best value in communication services, but it also paved the path for future success with three main initiatives this year.
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  • New Internet Speeds Coming 2019!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 29, 2018
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