GVTC lights over 40,000 San Antonio-area homes with fiber broadband service

GVTC continues to make progress with its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout, announcing that it has connected over 40,000 homes to its network with plans to extend service to another 2,600 homes in select residential neighborhoods.

The telephone cooperative's gigabit service footprint spans 2,200 miles of fiber optics across a 2,000-square-mile area, which includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the Gonzales, Texas, area.

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GVTC's expanding Texas service footprint. (Image source: GVTC)

When GVTC launched GVTC GigaRegion, a private-public partnership among GVTC and the cities of Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, in June, it said that it would offer gigabit speeds to its service area.

While GVTC's focus is on serving smaller Texas communities, GVTC said it plans to launch a national marketing campaign to promote GVTC GigaRegion as a way to "generate economic development and appeal to residents seeking access to faster Internet speeds, while enjoying the lifestyle of a smaller community."

An early FTTH pioneer, the service provider has continued to increase its FTTH network speeds since 2009, beginning with 40 Mbps in 2009 and 80 Mbps in 2011. While it did not reveal the pricing for the new 1 Gbps service, the 40 and 80 Mbps tiers are priced at $99 and $125, respectively.

In nearby Austin, AT&T and Grande Communications are also working to build out 1 Gbps-capable FTTH services.

AT&T began offering its U-verse with GigaPower service last December in Austin with plans to bring the service to Dallas later this year, while Grande Communications said it's going to roll out its own 1 Gbps fiber-based service to about a quarter of the cable provider's existing 75,000 Austin customers for $65 a month without a contract. 

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