Head out on the highway! The difference between 25Mbps and 1000Mbps

Whether you’re gaming, binging Netflix or video-conferencing in to an important meeting, Race Communications offers consistent, seamless performance at the speed of light. Race keeps it simple by offering two plans, our Basic Broadband+ and Gigafy Me plans, but what is the difference and which plan should you choose?

Imagine driving down a highway heading to your favorite restaurant. You’re cruising down the road going as fast as your car will take you. As you’re driving, more and more cars are entering the highway. If you’re driving on a two-lane highway, you will notice that you have to slow down as traffic increases. This is your Basic Broadband+ plan. If you live in a smaller household this is a dependable plan that provides speeds up to 25Mbps in both directions.

Our Gigafy Me plan on the other hand, is like a four lane highway. It can handle more traffic without you slowing down. At 1,000 megabits per second, bottlenecks are gone, no matter how many computers, video streams, game consoles and smartphones you have going at once.

If you’re an active Internet user or would like to work from home, we recommend selecting the gigabit plan from Race Communications for optimal performance.

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Welcome to our new blog!

Race recently launched it’s new website in March 2016, and today we launched our new blog. You don’t need to go through our website to access the blog. You can visit it directly by going to blog.race.com.

You will notice that we have kept some of the content from our old news section. These posts were big hits and have been requested by a lot of you since the website was launched.

We hope you enjoy our new site and blog and that we can provide you with the tools and information needed to make Race your preferred Internet provider.

From concept to reality. How Fiber is brought to your home

Race Communications specializes in building fiber infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities in California. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is a large endeavor and requires a multifaceted construction process. You may see our trucks driving around town, but that doesn’t mean we are ready to install just yet.

Please take a look at our infographic below to see the process behind bringing fiber to our new communities and markets.

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IPTV: The New Kid In Town

With technology evolving at lightning speed, “cutting the cord” is a hot topic in today’s world. Consumers are swimming in alternatives to traditional pay-TV, with internet based services like Netflix, SlingTV and HBO GO. It’s no wonder that in 2015, as many as 7% of pay-TV homes are expected to drop their service or switch to an online video app instead. As fiber internet becomes available in more cities across the U.S, service providers will look to IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) to provide home entertainment to their customers.

IPTV is a system through which TV services are delivered over a packet-switched network such as the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional means such as satellite or cable. Unlike downloaded media, IPTV offers the ability to stream the media in smaller batches, directly from the source.

IPTV services is generally classified into three main groups:

  1. Live Television with our without interactivity related to the current TV show.
  2. Time-shifted television: which allows you to view programs after they have aired or restart a show while it is on.
  3. Video on Demand: browse a catalog of movies or shows, and select what you want to watch, when you want to watch.

For many potential cord-cutters, bandwidth is the biggest limitation. Without a reliable internet connection capable of providing the needed downstream speeds, buffering and jagged video will be a source of frustration. This may seem obvious, but if you’re going to bet your precious entertainment future on your network, you need a solid hookup. Netflix and other similar streaming video services suggest downstream speeds of 5 Mbps, but that’s simply not going to cut it for most, especially those with families that might want to stream more than one show or movie at a time.

With fiber internet and the speeds provided by Google Fiber, Race Communications and other fiber companies, cord-cutting has become the next frontier in home entertainment. Soon Race will provide a simple, affordable and flexible alternative to pricey cable subscriptions with its very own IPTV solution!