December Newsline: Climate change costs, U.S. export performance and more

December 2009 Vol. 64 No. 12
  • Exports declined 53 percent to Europe for a total $777 million, and dropped 45 percent to Canada for a total $1.8 billion.
  • Exports to Asia decreased 30 percent to $939 million.
  • Exports to Central America dropped 21 percent to $662 million, with a lesser decline to South America - minus 14 percent for a total $1.2 billion.
  • Australia/Oceania’s export purchases decreased 42 percent to $497 million, while Africa took delivery of $528 million worth of construction equipment, a 24-percent drop.

Telecom firm is new telephone provider in Boerne, TX
GVTC Communications is the winning bidder to supply telephone service to the city of Boerne, TX. The agreement calls for GVTC to connect city governmental offices with 18 phone lines. The phone service is being delivered through GVTC’s fiber-to-the-premises network. GVTC recently completed a project to connect the entire Boerne business district with fiber optics communications, making Boerne one of the few cities in the nation to have this type of network.

The telephone cooperative initiated a program to put fiber connections in the downtown area two years ago at a cost of about $1 million. That effort has proven to be so successful that the network will be expanded later this year to encompass a business park and some other areas along the Interstate 10 access road just north of downtown Boerne — which is located northwest of San Antonio.

The additional expansion of fiber to the north will cost about $50,000. The cost is significantly less than the initial roll-out of fiber in the downtown area because all of the electronic components that are needed have already been purchased, he says.

GVTC is in the midst of a five-year, $35 million fiber-optic expansion to more than 16,500 properties throughout its coverage area. The project is expected to be complete by 2012.
The Boerne expansion is outside of GVTC’s original coverage area and is considered a competitive initiative by the telephone co-operative.