SMITHSON VALLEY, July 3, 2012 — GVTC has its first customer resulting from the company’s expansion into Gonzales this summer. The Smithson Valley based communications company signed an agreement with the city of Gonzales to provide communication services from its fiber network to all municipal offices.
Gonzales will first leverage GVTC’s fiber network to establish high-speed computer Ethernet connections between its locations.
Gonzales City hall and the police department were first to be transferred to GVTC service, which took place on Saturday, June 30. Greg Julius, IT consultant for Gonzales, reported GVTC’s fiber connection made an immediate impact, with Internet download speeds at the two locations now almost twice as fast, and upload speeds about nine times faster.“GVTC’s fiber network allows us to use communication services we weren’t able to do before, which allows us to operate more efficiently and effectively,” Gonzales City Manager Allan Barnes, said. “Their service was also wonderful and they responded to our needs beyond
anything we could have imagined.”
GVTC will begin offering service throughout the city beginning August 2012. When the expansion is complete, more than 3,850 homes and 560 businesses will have access to a GVTC fiber connection. GVTC will connect service to Gonzales’ fire department, library, public works and water station as the company rolls out phases to their locations.
“We’re excited our fiber network will deliver the hi-tech communication platform the city of Gonzales needs to serve its citizens in a 21st century world,” GVTC CEO Ritchie Sorrells, said. “Our fiber connection to city hall is the first of what we feel will be a very successful expansion into Gonzales.”