Chief Executive Officer
Valley Telephone Cooperative
and the VTX1 Cos.
ow long have you been CEO of the VTX1 Cos.?
I started this position in April 2005 after running our
Valley is recognized as an NTCA–The Rural Broadband
fixed wireless sister company for a year. Our compa-
nies have tripled in revenues, net income and assets
since that time.
Association Certified Gig-Capable Provider. How have
you expanded your network since that honor?
The NTCA Gig certification has greatly improved our credibility
in South Texas, and we’re the only ones who offer it. Universities and medium to large-sized businesses take us more seriously now than before, and our gig base is our fastest growing
customer segment. We actually deliver 5 Gbps and 10 Gbps
services to our enterprise and institutional customers, and we
have a proposal in front of one of our universities for 100 Gbps
service from its Rio Grande Valley campuses back to Austin on
our fiber transport network.
We’ve heard a lot about rural entrepreneurship lately.
Tell us about an example of it in your service area.
Our service areas are full of entrepreneurs. One that quickly
comes to mind is Wing Champs here in Raymondville, which
uses our broadband service for just about every facet of run-
ning its business. It has been very successful, and we support
them any way we
can. We also support the American Legion in
Raymondville with heavily discounted broadband service and
donations of our
laptops for new
veterans to use
to search for jobs
and to complete
Many of these
vets start businesses utilizing
How hot is it in Raymondville, Texas, today?
Between 98 and 105 degrees—pretty average for August down here.
I like to stay cool by …
Duh, staying indoors with air conditioning.
Will former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo succeed as an NFL play-by-play man?
We’ve given up on the Cowboys. Lots of Spurs fans down here though, and they play a lot more games.
When it comes to slippers, are you pro or con?
Rocky would crush Gru from “Minions.” But Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy”—now that would be a
contest for sure! I’d still put my money on Rocky. l