High-speed Internet coming
by Tim Delaney
Jun 21, 2012 | 1690 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LIVE OAK COUNTY — ­ About 75 to 76 percent of the fiber optic lines that will bring telephone, cable TV and high-speed Internet to Live Oak County have been completed by VTX Telecom, said senior project and planning manager of the project, Mike Behnsch, on Monday, June 11.

And the project should be completed by the end of September, Behnsch added.

Behnsch said properties for the project had been purchased in late May and in early June 2010. Those pieces included one parcel on Bowie Street in George West and another at the intersection of state Highway 72 and U.S. Highway 281.

Another piece of property between Three Rivers and George West will be used for the project’s 300-foot self-supporting tower for wireless Internet. The property is near the Kinder Morgan building.

“We finally found a gentleman willing to sell his property,” Behnsch said.

The George West property will have the service’s central and business office building. Behnsch said the building still is waiting for power from AEP.

“Hopefully, we will have the power installed by the end of the month,” Behnsch said.

Behnsch said delivery of fiber optics were delayed by the manufacturer in Georgia. However, that material should have been shipped June 13 or so.

“Once we receive it, we will start blowing fiber through the conduits,” he said. “Once we get the fiber put in, you can have your telephone keep the existing phone number. You can have high-speed Internet, whatever speed you want. TV programming will be the same as Time Warner or Dish.”

Lydia Cruz, promotion specialist for VTX Telecom, said the company’s vision is to enable communities it serves to achieve more.

“We use cutting edge technology to provide quality, reliability and more capability. Our fiber optic broadband service delivers blazing fast Internet and enhanced TV entertainment experience and reliable telephone,” Cruz said.

She said her company is experiencing an “exciting time” because it is growing faster and stronger than ever before.

Behnsch agreed, saying the project is not only in Live Oak County, but also the communities of Orange Grove, Agua Dulce, Jourdanton, Charlotte, Raymondville, Lyford Sebastian, Santa Rosa, Falfurrias and Premont.

Cruz said VTX is celebrating 60 years of business this year.

She said two packages will be offered to customers when the service becomes available:

The traditional package is $30 for residential and $35 for commercial. The package includes a 10 megabyte basic fiber optic access, 10 megabyte Internet and a single telephone line.

“It is important to note that, to receive television service and features, a user needs the broadband package,” she said.

The broadband package is $45 for residential and $55 for commercial use. The package includes 100 megabyte fiber optic access, 50 megabyte Internet and a single telephone line.

However, customers can add applications, too. Those additions include enhanced television programming, high definition television programming, high definition digital video recorder, enhanced voice features, unlimited long distance and more.

Cruz said an installation fee of $35 will get the process started to connect. Phone VTX1 at 800-446-2031, or visit www.vtx1.net.
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