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TEC Announces Partnership With TVC Communications

March 10, 2020

Texas Electric Cooperatives announced a partnership March 10 with TVC Communications, the leading provider of broadband products, distribution and technical services in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin American markets.

According to a 2019 report by the Federal Communications Commission, 80% of American households lacking high-speed internet access are in rural areas. Much as electric cooperatives stepped in 80 years ago to provide power to rural areas, they are today taking the lead in providing these areas with what has become essential infrastructure.

"Our members' needs are our No. 1 priority," said Johnny Andrews, chief operating officer of TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services. "The partnership with TVC, with their extensive broadband capabilities, will provide our members with immediate expertise in the broadband market, as well as access to quality, cost-effective products and services."

TEC builds its partnerships around the idea of strengthening Texas cooperatives in an increasingly competitive market. "We are excited to work with TEC to strengthen broadband to its member areas," said Frank McCullough, senior vice president and general manager for TVC Communications. "We offer everything needed for the complete project cycle. Our strong relationships with leading suppliers, specialized knowledge of the market, and deep understanding of applications and technology for launching broadband services will expand capabilities to TEC members and make a real impact."

The agreement enables TEC and TVC to provide turnkey service and solutions to the association's members for broadband to the home, including technical, product and emergency response support. Cooperatives will gain access to TVC's extensive product management and market experts for emerging technologies. Additionally, TEC will have staff dedicated to supporting the growing broadband market. This partnership will allow TEC to offer a highly competitive value proposition of national scale across the membership.