VTX1 Companies Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
VTX1 was recognized by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in 15 communities.
As a Certified Gig-Capable Provider, VTX1 joins a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. “Gigabit broadband service is cutting edge service and only a handful of companies in the country now provide this premium level of broadband access speed. Using gigabit broadband Internet service changes everything. The web pages literally explode onto your screen – no more waiting on the revolving hourglass,” said VTX1 Chief Executive Officer Dave Osborn.
“I applaud VTX1 for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances, small community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, VTX1 has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.” VTX1 will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events.
To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without
new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.
More information about the NTCA Gig-Capable Provider certification program is available at www.ntca.org/gigcertified.
VTX1 provides broadband access to enable Internet, television and telephone applications for homes and small businesses in South Texas and custom services for larger enterprises.VTX1’s broadband network extends from south of San Antonio to the lower Rio Grande Valley. The brand name is VTX1. Legal entities are: Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc., VTX Communications, LLC and VTX Telecom, LLC. For more information about VTX1 visit www.vtx1.net or call 1-800-446-2031.
About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.