Looking Ahead to an Exciting New Year at GVEC

As we close the books on 2018 and transition into a new year, I am filled with excitement. It’s like this for me every season: Although I cherish the holidays, there is nothing so exhilarating as the promise of a new year. It’s a time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, putting our plans for the year into action on behalf of those we serve.

Our commitment remains as rock-solid in 2019 as it was in 2018 and all the new years before: to continue exceeding our members’ expectations by identifying and investing in products and services that fulfill the needs of those we serve. We will continue moving swiftly in 2019, delivering unexpected service and solutions through technology, expertise and people.

New GVEC Wireless Passings in 2019

As part of our plans for the year, our internet service will continue expanding GVEC wireless in 2019. We consider this expansion, which will create 6,400 new passings through 13 tower upgrades and five new tower buildouts, a vital part of our strategy for 2019. Those 6,400 “passings” represent internet access to 6,400 households and local businesses whose current options are either highly limited or altogether non-existent. We firmly believe that remaining up-to-date and competitive in the 21st century means providing internet access to as many community members as possible. In 2019, we will grow closer to fully realizing that goal, in part, by expanding GVEC wireless.

New GVEC Fiber Passings in 2019

We have also set our sights on the creation of nearly 4,000 new fiber internet passings in 2019. These will come on the heels of some 4,000 new passings added in 2018 and 5,000 in 2017. We believe this expansion to be even more important to the communications infrastructure of our communities. Fiber technology has the bandwidth capacity to empower rural communities to adapt, upgrade and succeed in the ‘internet of things’ revolution. Internet-connected devices will proliferate in the years ahead, making modern life ever-more dependent on the data these smart gadgets generate, deliver and exchange. GVEC Fiber will help assure that local communities don’t get left behind as the world grows more connected.

And remember: GVEC Fiber does far more than deliver faster, more dependable, higher-bandwidth internet. Fiber communications also enhance GVEC’s electric grid, making it smarter and more resilient, providing yet another tangible benefit to the communities we serve.

Here’s to hoping each of you is as excited about 2019 as we are at GVEC. And here’s to wishing you a safe New Year’s celebration and a prosperous 2019 filled with community, happiness and family.

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

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