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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
GVTC strives to deliver the absolute best communication services to our customers, which is why at the beginning of 2019, we unleashed our new fiber speeds starting up to 250 Mbps download and upload. But how do these speeds stack up to the Big Guys?
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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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Elevate Your TV Experience

by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 29, 2018
Innovation is at the forefront of GVTC. From new speeds to upgraded user guides, we’re here to elevate your home experience. One of our most successful launches this year was our GVTC Elevate TV guide–equipped with a new seamless Video-on-Demand layout, robust recording capabilities, and direct connections to all your favorite streaming apps including Netflix®, YouTube®, and Pandora®.
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Paying for College and How GVTC Can Help!

by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 29, 2018
Paying for college is becoming increasingly harder every year as it continues to get more expensive. With a crippling 70% of graduates owing a significant amount of student debt totaling $1.5 Trillion in America alone, it is more important than ever for new students to explore options outside of loans. Here are five myths and facts to help you make smart financial decisions as you enter the new and exciting world of college.
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Building a Tradition of Giving

by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 29, 2018
Since its inception in 2006, The GVTC Foundation, GVTC’s employee-driven philanthropic arm, has centered its mission around serving its local community—just like its parent company. And nothing speaks more to being local than supporting your surrounding areas when it counts most.
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Do's and Don'ts of Managing Your Email

by Paula Novodvorschi | Nov 29, 2018
Email is a word that makes many people shudder when they hear it. Whether you’re dealing with your personal or work email, it can be a challenge to keep your inbox clean and your folders organized. There are just too many to deal with.
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WiFi Optimization: Getting the Most from Your Home Wireless Network

by Paula Novodvorschi | Oct 01, 2018
Managing to get a wireless signal into every corner of your home can be challenging. This is especially true if you own a bigger home or your house has thick walls. Don't fret though; there are a few steps you can take to improve the coverage of your wireless network and improve performance as well. The beautiful part is that none of these will cost you anything other than a little bit of your time.
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