As we serve members each day, whether it is by providing electric power, Internet service or greater energy efficiency through products and services from GVEC Home, the one thing we are always cognizant of is the reason we provide our services. GVEC was formed to improve the quality of life for our members and their communities by identifying and investing in products and services that fulfill their needs.

Electric power wasn’t the only service rural residents struggled to obtain throughout the years—they wanted telephone service, access to cable television and Internet—all services GVEC has helped to make available to our underserved areas and which led to the formation of GVEC.net.

Although we have begun to implement Fiber to the Home technology in the suburban areas of our territory, our high-speed wireless Internet product continues to serve a majority of our membership. These members continue to have limited choices due to the fact that many companies still do not consider it profitable to serve them. However, GVEC has not forgotten its roots. Seventy-nine years later, we remain committed to our members as their trusted provider dedicated to offering services and products they need, including a reliable Internet connection.

Providing Internet service hasn’t always been an easy road considering the rural nature of our area, but we remain focused on delivering the best service possible to these areas through wireless technology. Still, there are a few small pockets within the GVEC.net service area that are out of range of any existing tower sites or where special circumstances, such as terrain or line-of-sight obstruction, prevent us from providing service.

The good news for these members who have had to go without this technological necessity is that we will begin installing microcell tower sites this year, which are about half the size of our typical tower and will extend service to these areas. The first micro-tower to be built will service the Stratton area, which is east of Cuero. Next, we will be looking at the Hope area, which is along Highways 77 and 111 between Victoria and Hallettsville, and the Arneckeville/Meyersville area, southeast of Cuero. As the year progresses, we’ll be looking at other areas as well.

As new technology rolls out, we are continually looking for ways to improve service to you, our members. We aren’t just another utility. We’re your Cooperative, always working with your interests in mind.

I am always interested in your questions and feedback. Contact me by phone at 830.857.1152, email at dschauer@gvec.org or by mail at P.O. Box 118, Gonzales, TX, 78629.

Respectfully,

Darren Schauer

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