July/August Connection Magazine

Click here for the July/August issue of Colorado Valley’s Connection magazine.

In this issue, learn helpful tech tips and delicious recipes, and all about two of our local favorites- Majek Vineyard & Winery and the Farmers Market at The Jersey Barnyard. Happy reading!

 


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Spam Alert- “Account Deactivation Notice- Urgent Action Required”

If you receive a message similar to the one below, please do not open and delete the message immediately. This is spam and was not sent to you by Colorado Valley and your account is not subject to deactivation. If you have questions about this or similar email, please call Technical Support at 877.452.9035.


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Upcoming FCC POTS Rule will not effect CVCTX services

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order that is effective in August 2022 related to Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines does not affect any services offered by CVCTX. We understand some customers have received calls from certain vendors claiming this FCC Order will require changes to our customers’ services or prices, which is not a true statement.

The FCC’s Memorandum and Opinion Order 19-72 addresses voice-grade copper loops provided in a wholesale arrangement between two carriers, and CVCTX does not provide any services through this type of arrangement. If you receive a call from a vendor asserting your voice line will be decommissioned or prices raised as a result of an FCC mandate, please know this is not true and there are no changes to your CVCTX network or pricing as a result of this FCC action.

Please contact us at 979.242.5911 if you are contacted by one of these vendors and have questions.

 


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Caller ID Spoofing

Several customers have contacted us stating their Colorado Valley telephone number has been spoofed. If you feel that your number has been spoofed, we recommend you visit fcc.gov/spoofing for more information about spoofing and what you can do if your number is being spoofed.

From this link:

If you get calls from people saying your number is showing up on their caller ID, it’s likely that your number has been spoofed. We suggest first that you do not answer any calls from unknown numbers, but if you do, explain that your telephone number is being spoofed and that you did not actually make any calls. You can also place a message on your voicemail letting callers know that your number is being spoofed. Usually, scammers switch numbers frequently. It is likely that within hours they will no longer be using your number.

 


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Extended Summer Hours

Extended summer hours are returning this year for our business office. Summer hours will be Mondays-Thursdays 7:30am-5:30pm & Fridays 7:30am-11:30am starting on Friday, June 3rd through Friday, August 12th.


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Your CVCTX Website is Getting a Facelift!

Colorado Valley Communications is adding new website features and navigational tools to give our members-customers a better, smoother user experience. The site upgrades will include restructured and reorganized search functions, with easy to navigate paths to our most popular and relevant pages.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the high-level upgrades coming soon to the CVCTX website:

 Business vs. Residential Solutions:

We’ve simplified the path to get information. New sections have been created – Business & Residential Solutions – to help navigate your way around the site. By designating specific pages, businesses and residents can easily discover available products and services that focus specifically on their unique needs.

 Voice vs. Internet

CVCTX offers voice and internet services and now you will be able to search for products and services specifically related to your business or residential needs. Once you choose your path (business or residence), quickly navigate to the service of your choice – Voice or Internet.

 Support Page:

Our new Support page will feature quick links to our most popular information – all in one place. Find relevant data on a wide variety of topics including alerts/notifications, technical support, account information and much more.

CVCTX continues to listen to our members-customers on ways to improve access to our services and  customer information. We are excited about launching our website’s facelift in a continued effort to enhance the end-user experience.

We hope you take some time to look around and enjoy the new navigational features and tools.


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Power Outages and Backup Power

For customers who don’t receive voice service over a copper line, a battery backup solution is needed to maintain voice service during a power outage. Without a battery backup solution or alternate power source such as a generator, voice customers on fiber or fixed wireless will not be able to make calls during a power outage, including emergency calls to 911.

Colorado Valley’s optional battery backup solution does not provide power to any services other than voice. Home security systems, medical monitoring devices and other equipment will not run on Colorado Valley’s backup battery. It’s important to note the battery backup doesn’t provide power to a cordless phone, instead a standard corded phone must be connected directly to the modem.

The standard battery from Colorado Valley is expected to last 8 hours on standby power, and additional batteries may be added for up to 24-hours standby time. Proper care and use should be followed as directed by the manufacturer. The batteries will not last forever and should be replaced as directed by the manufacturer.

For more information about the battery backup solution from Colorado Valley, please call 800-242-5911 or email info@coloradovalley.com


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Be aware of individuals claiming to be a Colorado Valley representative.

Anyone representing themselves as a partner of Colorado Valley Communications that is not an employee or certified contractor is misleading. Colorado Valley does not currently have any partnerships with outside sales representatives to sell our products or services. All employees and certified contractors have identification as proof of employment. Should someone not employed by Colorado Valley attempt to discuss our services with you, please contact us immediately at 979-247-5911 or info@coloradovalley.com


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Scam Email & Text Messages

Some customers have recently received email & text messages urging the recipient to reply confirming your personal information or click on a link. Do not respond to these or click on these links. These emails & text messages are spam and you should delete them immediately.

 

CVCTX will never ask you for your password via email as in this example below:

A text message claiming to be from UPS:

Scam offer claiming to be from Colorado Valley Communications, Inc:

 


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Smart Rural Community Provider

La Grange, TX October 8, 2020

The communities in portions of Fayette, Lavaca and Lee counties in and around La Grange, Schulenburg, Fayetteville and Weimar TX today announced that Colorado Valley Communications was recently named a Smart Rural Community (SRC) provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. SRC is a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers that are building a brighter future for small-town America. The program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, effective education, efficient energy distribution and use, state-of-the-art health care and other important issues for rural America. 

In order to receive recognition as an SRC provider, Colorado Valley Communications was required to affirm that it offers 25/3 Mbps broadband to at least 50% of its service area; that it has broadband subscription rates of at least 50%; and that it is committed to program principles of collaboration and innovation. As a result of Colorado Valley Communications national recognition, the communities served by Colorado Valley will now be celebrated as Smart Rural Communities in program materials and online at www.smartruralcommunity.com, joining a national network of similarly innovative communities. 

“Congratulations go to Colorado Valley Communications for its hard work to meet these standards, which will help local residents participate in a new world of online digital possibilities. With affordable high-speed internet connections, Colorado Valley Communications will hopefully see the communities it serves benefit from educational and economic opportunities that are competitive with services in any large American city.” – Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst 

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield also recognized Colorado Valley Communications for this achievement, noting, “We are so excited to welcome another Smart Rural Community provider into this growing network of innovative broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds in some of the most remote and rural communities of our country. I applaud Colorado Valley Communications for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.” 


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