GVTC Blog

  • A Look Back at GVTC’s 2019 Milestones

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Dec 04, 2019
    Looking back at the goals we set for 2019, I’m proud to say that GVTC not only delivered on its promise to provide the best value in communication services amongst competitors, but it also paved the path for future innovation and success with just three main initiatives this year: Creating Fiercely Loyal Customers, Increasing Digital Engagement, and Growth.
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  • The GVTC Foundation's 2019 Thanksgiving Giveback Project

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 26, 2019
    For 7 years, The GVTC Foundation, GVTC’s employee-driven philanthropic arm, has dedicated its time each fall to partner with local nonprofits and youth organizations to bridge the local food gap. We host an annual Thanksgiving Giveback Project where we supply Thanksgiving meals including a full frozen turkey and all the traditional fixings to those in need throughout GVTC’s service area. It’s an all-hands-on-deck community effort that blows us away each year.
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  • Securing Scholarship Recommendation Letters

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 22, 2019
    It’s daunting, really. The inevitable stop we all make at the intersection of high school graduation and real life begins. In some cases, it doesn’t even sink in until the first Monday after graduation when you realize there’s no school to attend that day - or any day - unless you make an active decision to turn the wheel at this sudden crossroad.
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  • 99 Problems but Bad WiFi Ain’t One

    by Soraya Herbert | Nov 06, 2019
    You are a busy bee, juggling back-to-back meetings at work, the kids’ school and social calendar, keep a pristine decent home, and sometimes even manage to squeeze in some much-needed me-time. Sound familiar to you? Then pat yourself in the back because you are rocking life in the 21st century. And, while some would argue that we have it easier than previous generations with convenience at our fingertips, the fact that we don’t have to chase and pluck a chicken for dinner doesn’t mean life hasn’t gotten more demanding by the minute. After all, with so much technological advancement, the expectations of how much we can and need to manage to grow daily––and frankly speaking that can be taxing sometimes.
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  • The Art of Easy: Smart Home Edition

    by Soraya Herbert | Nov 06, 2019
    The internet is like a gift that keeps on giving; it comes with endless content and provides us with endless possibilities to make your life simpler and more enjoyable. And in today’s modern life, we need to be connected 24/7 as much as we need air. While it’s okay to look up from your phone from time to time and smell the roses, it’s also okay to let yourself enjoy looking at memes and decompress your day by watching a funny video or your favorite binge-worthy series. With a never-ending need to be connected, it’s no wonder solutions to extending WiFi are becoming more and more popular by the minute.
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  • The Smart, The Fun, The Surprising: Best Alexa Commands to Spice Up Your Life

    by Soraya Herbert | Nov 04, 2019
    Using Amazon Alexa home skills can bring a little pep in our step. To give you some ideas of how to use tech’s “it” girl to add an extra laugh to your day, we gathered a list of the best Alexa commands.
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  • What's Your WiFi Score?

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Oct 28, 2019
    Looking around your house, how many connected devices do you think you have? We’re talking all devices connected to the internet, including smart TVs, mobile phones, thermostats, wearables, laptops, smart refrigerators and maybe even your vacuum cleaner. Could you give us a ballpark?
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  • Improve WiFi Signals with GVTC Premium WiFi

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Oct 23, 2019
    Introducing the GVTC Premium WiFi router powered by WiFi 6, the best WiFi 6 router available to boost internet in 2019. If you want the best home WiFi experience, you need more simplicity and control at your fingertips. With GVTC Premium WiFi, you get just that!
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  • Internet and WiFi - Are They the Same Thing?

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Oct 18, 2019
    It's an odd feeling when you learn a universally accepted “truth” to be false. Common misconceptions such as lightning never strikes twice or a coin toss has a 50/50 chance of landing on either side are things we grew up hearing and therefore assume to be true. If you're surprised by those two myths, wait until you hear about two words, present in our everyday language, that you've probably been using wrong for as long as you can remember.
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  • In The Spirit of (Thanks)Giving

    by Soraya Herbert | Oct 08, 2019
    It’s no wonder fall is a lot of people’s favorite season when we have so many things to look forward to. Cue in perfect weather for cozy sweaters, warm drinks, bonding with loved ones over Aunt Judy’s famous green bean casserole and mom’s killer stuffing! While some of us are excited to put salads and swimsuits behind us to make room for pie, some families in our Texas Hill Country community are impacted by the ever-rising cost of food this Thanksgiving season. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of desperately waiting for pumpkin spice lattes, we follow a more meaningful trend this fall like giving back? Count us in!
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  • Kicking Slow Wi-Fi to the Curve: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Connection

    by Soraya Herbert | Aug 12, 2019
    Do you know what’s worse than spending hours on end searching Netflix for a movie night pick? Finding a good film only to be interrupted by slow Wi-fi. We’ve all been there, there’s no denying a slow connection and endless loading times is one of the things we can all relate. They say nothing bonds people more than sharing a common enemy, *cough, cough* slow Wi-Fi. Well, we say eliminating an enemy bonds people even more, and since GVTC sees all of you in our surrounding community as family, we thought we’d share 5 ways to get rid of your biggest internet pet peeves. No “thanks” necessary!
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  • Coming to a Hot Rod Night Near You

    by Soraya Herbert | Jul 29, 2019
    "Dwarf cars" may sound like a car that Snow White's friends might drive, but they're really miniature versions of full-sized automobiles that are surprisingly roomy inside and can pack a punch on the track! They may be only waist-high, but they hold their own on both race tracks and traffic roads — just ask Ty Paxson.
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  • Fun, Family-Friendly Activities to Do Before Bidding Summer Adieu

    by Soraya Herbert | Jul 29, 2019
    Back to school, a truly bittersweet time for both parents and kids alike. On one hand, we’re sad to part with the lighthearted fun of summer and the extra time with the kiddos, but we’re also relieved to welcome back our daily routines. – No shame in admitting that! As summer comes to an end, our children may start feeling a bit sad about going back to school, secretly hoping for some miracle that extends the break just a bit longer. To combat our guilt for eagerly waiting for school to start and cure the little ones’ summertime sadness, here’s a list of killer last-minute family activities to ensure everyone’s summer ends with a bang!
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  • GVTC Employees’ Top 5 Favorite Fall Events

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jul 16, 2019
    Summer may be over, but fun times shouldn’t be! With kids finally back in school and the weather under 100 degrees, we’re ready to let out hair loose and enjoy the outdoors without sweating as if we’re running a marathon. There’s no better way to spend to the cooler days of fall than by gathering with our favorite people to listen to music or stuffing our faces with delicious finger foods at local festivals. – Turkey leg anyone?
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  • 2019 GVTC Annual Meeting is One for the Books

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jul 16, 2019
    Each year, our Annual Meeting never ceases to amaze us! Held at the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, GVTC’s Annual Meeting gave a round of applause to its new and returning members elected to the Board of Directors, recognized the 2019 President’s Award recipient, and announced increases for both Capital Credits and Member Dividends for GVTC members.
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  • Choose Your Friends Wisely, Choose Non-profits Wiser

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jul 07, 2019
    There’s an old saying about choosing your friends wisely, and also choosing friends that you can trust. It’s crucial to pick those you will spend time with and come to depend on carefully, as you are more likely to avoid those living in a ‘me-hole.’ You know... the people in a hole full of “me, me and me,” who drain your energy and leave you hanging when you need them most. While a big “duh” may have crossed your mind, it’s surprising how many people and companies don’t apply the same type of discernible thinking when considering which organizations to make donations to, partner with, or help carry out a good cause. At The GVTC Foundation, we take our mission of enhancing the quality of lives in those within our community very seriously and make sure to partner and support local non-profits and organizations that have the same mission as we do.
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  • 5 Fun Features of GVTC connectHome® Security!

    by Paula Novodvorschi | Jul 02, 2019
    We’ll bet next week’s lunch money that you’ve heard about smart home security. What used to only be in model homes and the few early adopters who splurged is now a common feature in a lot of U.S. homes. So, what are the not-so-obvious perks of having a state-of-the-art system like GVTC’s connectHome® that make us not only feel safe but also remind us that the future is now?
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  • 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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