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GVTC Beats Gig Giants to San Antonio Area

Jason Meyers
9/29/2014
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Telecom co-op GVTC Communications has turned up its gigabit fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the San Antonio area, making it first to market in a region coveted by several larger operators.

GVTC announced earlier this year that it would turn up gigabit speeds on its network in the territory north of San Antonio. The service is now available to 43,000 potential customers across a 2,200 square mile area that includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the Gonzales area. The operator is deploying service in its GigaRegion through private-public partnerships with the cities of Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Google Fiber Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) have all voiced their intentions to deploy gigabit services in and around San Antonio, but none of them have specified a timeframe for the region.


Get the latest updates on the Gigabit Cities trend by visiting Light Reading's broadband/FTTx content channel.


GVTC is one of an increasing number of smaller regional providers, and municipalities and municipally owned utilities that are delivering on gigabit network deployments in and around regions targeted by much larger entities, which could make the bigger operators' gigabit introductions into those territories more challenging. GVTC President and CEO Ritchie Sorrells told Light Reading in August that the operator's gigabit network upgrade is the result of a effort started 10 years ago to help the one-time landline voice-focused provider remain viable in the long term. (See GVTC Eyes a Gigabit Future and North KC Says Free Gigabit for All.)

GVTC's gigabit service is available to residential customers for $299.95/month. The operator also introduced a 200Mbit/s offering for $199.95/month. GVTC is also providing its Remote Computer Support product to customers that sign up for either tier of service.

— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, Light Reading

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smkinoshita
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smkinoshita,
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10/3/2014 | 6:22:46 PM
Re: $300
Hi Mitch -- I'm not on gigabit but I certainly remember what it was like to go from dialup to a high speed Internet connection.  Or even a regular high-speed to the higher tier package. 

So going by that experience -- and including the placebo effect -- I imagine gigabit will be much the same.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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10/3/2014 | 5:14:00 PM
Re: $300
Scott, are you on gigabit? What's your experience been? How is it better from a qualitative standpoint than conventional broadband?
KBode
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KBode,
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10/1/2014 | 8:01:07 AM
Re: $300
That is rather steep, though often these companies are targeting high-end developments where disposable income is in high demand. Looking at their website, their other tier pricing seems a little high as well:

 

http://gvtc.com/residential/internet/internet-plans-gvtc-fiber-areas
smkinoshita
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smkinoshita,
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9/30/2014 | 12:56:48 AM
Re: $300
The price will proably drop later, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were sufficient demand for the very best.  It's SO easy to get spoiled with a taste of high speed.
jasonmeyers
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jasonmeyers,
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9/29/2014 | 3:40:35 PM
Re: $300
It is higher than the pricing in some other markets. It will be interesting to see if it drops when/if other gigabit competitors enter the region. 
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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9/29/2014 | 12:24:35 PM
$300
$300/mo seems like a lot of money. Do they expect to get many takers for that?
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