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Grownup Guide for Parental Controls

by Paula Novodvorschi | Feb 10, 2020
Is your child entering the curious and rebellious stage of adolescence? If so, there are steps you can take to ensure they're protected - especially on days when you're not around to monitor their online activity. With the GVTC WiFi App, take control of your household - and worries - by setting up parental controls for each user in your home.
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5 Ways to Stop People From Stealing Your Online Purchase Deliveries

by Paula Novodvorschi | Feb 10, 2020
It's always exciting to arrive home and be greeted by the spoils of your online shopping stacked at your front door. But you may wonder how long they've been sitting there and if it's always safe. Leaving your online purchase deliveries to the mercy of porch pirates isn't a good idea. Some 31 percent of online shoppers have experienced package theft. So how do you keep yours safe?
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Meet Your 2020 GVTC Board of Directors

by Paula Novodvorschi | Feb 05, 2020
Led by top innovators in telecommunications, our growth and transformation over the years are in large part thanks to our GVTC Board of Directors (BOD). They've helped secure longterm viability in an industry riddled with poor customer service and unfulfilled promises. We rely on their leadership and strategic foresight to set GVTC apart and ahead of other providers and think you'll find them worthy of the challenge. The GVTC Board consists of 15 directors who are GVTC members, and each serves on behalf of the designated GVTC district they reside in. Meet GVTC's current directors:
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How to Set Up Your GVTC WiFi App

by Paula Novodvorschi | Feb 04, 2020
Meet the GVTC WiFi App — an all-in-one solution to take charge of your household. From customizing your network names to deactivating the kids' screen time with a click of a button, our app brings you one step closer to having full control over your home. Even better - you can pair them with any of our other GVTC Apps for the full Smart Home experience.
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Learn When You Should "Reply" or "Reply All"

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 27, 2020
The great "Reply" versus "Reply All" debate has been going on since email started. The reason it's an issue is that people in group messages get annoyed when they receive unnecessary replies in their inbox.
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Stay Alert - Scam Claims that Norton Subscription Expired

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 27, 2020
If you have Norton AntiVirus software installed on your computer and see a pop-up ad that says it's expired, you're likely to want to click and renew to continue safeguarding your computer.
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Beware of Fun Fads Sweeping Social Media

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 24, 2020
You see them every day. The fun fads and challenges that sweep the internet overnight. They're the trending hashtags. The ice bucket challenge. Usually, it's all fun in games, but some times they can encourage reckless behavior. That's why it's always good to beware. So, we're here to educate you on what to look for, what to know, and what to enjoy when it comes to fun fads on social media
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5 Helpful Tips Nobody Tells You About College

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 23, 2020
It’s almost time for some of the most exciting and fulfilling years of anyone’s life. A first glimpse into adulthood. Their leap towards self-sufficiency, and your new normal as an empty-nester. High School graduation. If your child is at all interested in furthering their education, we've compiled a short list of to help both sides of the table: the 5 most helpful tips nobody tells them about college....
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The Best Time in Texas - Rodeo Season

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 17, 2020
We have an unmatched pride for our home state and choose to help out our neighbors because it’s just who we are, and we share a passion for all things Texan because let’s face it, they’re plain awesome! Like part of an elite secret club, we have certain rules and traditions that reinforce the unexplainable bond we have to each other…except it’s no secret—Lord knows we love to talk about them. What could be more Texan than our excitement for one of our favorite traditions…The Rodeo! (hint: the answer is nothing)
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The GVTC Foundation in a Nutshell

by Paula Novodvorschi | Jan 10, 2020
You may know GVTC as simply an internet service provider (ISP). From Fiber Internet and Smart Home Security to Cable TV and Phone, we provide a full suite of products and services meant to connect families, enhance your quality of life, and solve daily problems. But we’re here to tell you about one crucial part of our business that helps us fully meet those goals: The GVTC Foundation.
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New Year, New Offerings

by Soraya Herbert | Jan 03, 2020
‘Tis the season to think about what kind of vibes we want to start this new year with. Whether we look forward to eating more veggies, get some much-needed exercise, or read a few more books this 2020, we’re all looking forward to meeting a better version of ourselves. The road to self-improvement is certainly a healthy path leading us closer to our goals, but what if there’s a different and more attainable way of making this a better year than last?
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Gift Smarter: Holiday gifts the whole family can enjoy

by Soraya Herbert | Dec 19, 2019
What do perfumes, toys, and wallets have in common this season? They’re more than likely to be wrapped up under somebody’s Christmas tree. While a nice gesture, the same old gifts are also likely to end up forgotten in the back of a drawer. What if we told you there are some gifts that can and will be used by everyone in your family year-round AND can actually improve your quality of life? You heard that right! With the holidays approaching, there couldn’t be a better time to gift a smarter and more comfortable way of living—because nobody really wants another pair of neon-colored socks.
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GVTC’s Best Products for a Smart Home

by Soraya Herbert | Dec 18, 2019
Holidays are approaching and there couldn’t be a better time to gift you and your family a smarter, more comfortable way of living. Forget the socks and cozy sweaters. Here’s a list of our innovative products that you can enjoy every day of the new year.
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Internet Safety Tips for the Family

by Soraya Herbert | Dec 12, 2019
We live in interesting times where some three-year-olds are still not potty trained, but they sure know how to unlock your phone and access the Baby Shark song on YouTube®. Today, there’s a 100% chance your kids have been on the internet, and while it can be an awesome resource of information, it can quickly become every parent’s nightmare if not used with caution.
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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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