Grande River Communications becomes VTX Communications

March 1, 2006 Raymondville, TX -- Grande River Communications has changed its name to VTX Communications, LP. The company says the change is a re-branding only, and will not affect existing customers or services; all company management and resources remain in place.

March 1, 2006 Raymondville, TX -- Grande River Communications has changed its name to VTX Communications, LP. The company says the change is a re-branding only, and will not affect existing customers or services; all company management and resources remain in place.

According to a press release, originally founded in 1992 under its former name, VTX Communications is a deregulated subsidiary of parent company Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (VTCI). VTCI is a 54-year old local exchange carrier serving over 7,300 square miles of franchised territory. Regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, VTCI wholly owns and operates its newly named subsidiary.

Initially started as a transport carrier with optical interconnection points in Harlingen and Laredo, the company says it quickly expanded its network to provide a comprehensive array of services. The company's interconnection points include the cities of San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Harlingen, and Hidalgo, interconnecting with over 30 other telecommunications companies. International interconnectivity is provided at the company's Laredo office, and will soon be available at its Hidalgo location.

VTX says its SONET system provides a full range of communications services to Valley and international users, including dedicated fiber-optic transport, domestic and international voice termination and data connectivity, Internet provider service (including HDSL), and Internet Protocol (IP) transport. The company's business and technical staff also provide long distance services and a range of business network consulting and design expertise.

"We feel this change provides us with a more distinctive market identity," comments Dave Osborn, GM of VTCI. "Along with our recognized excellence in customer service, and state-of-the-art services, this new identity will help continue the explosive growth we've experienced in the last few years."

According to the release, another VTCI affiliate will soon be re-named VTX Broadband, reflecting the parent company's focus on the provision of wireless broadband Internet connections, Internet services, and Web design services.

"By any name, our VTX Communications and VTX Broadband companies are the best choice for South Texas business," concludes Osborn stated. "We're both local companies with decades of experience in South Texas business, and we've got an astounding network to help meet any challenge."

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