GVTC Blog

  • 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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  • 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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