Face to Face with Race: Shirin Baghadam

While women make up half of the total college-educated workforce, only 29 percent of women work in the science and engineering field. For Shirin Baghadam, an Iranian native, she’s had a lifelong love for math and now she brings that passion to Race Communications.

There’s a lot of work that goes behind Race building out a community. The designing, planning, and engineering are all done by our Outside Plant Engineering Team and we’re proud to have Shirin as part of that group. Read more to find out how she spends her days at Race.

What’s your title at Race?

I am an Outside Plant Engineer here.

How long have you been at Race?

I started last June, so just under a year.

What exactly do you do?

I am a designer on the OSP team. We provide Internet, so for that, we need specific equipment. So basically if we have a place that we want to provide Internet, I look at the place, count the houses, parcels. I decide which equipment we need and how are we going to put them in. What’s the size of the cable? What’s the range? What’s the distance? I design all of this.

How did you get into engineering in general?

I studied electric engineering in Iran. And I previously worked in power design. So I was a designer before. For me, my father was an engineer. When I was in high school, I saw myself more interested in mathematics and physics, so I chose math.

What’s your typical day like?

It really depends on where we are in a project. Like if we’re in the beginning, I am designing. If we are in the middle, I am making splice plans. If we are in the end, I am making reports and making sure every address is correct.

To explain splice plans, half of the job is done by the construction company. So the things I design, I make it clear and understandable for them.

What are three words you would use to describe Race?

I like the company because it is fast-growing. Also, teamwork and reliable come to mind.

Do you have any favorite projects you’ve worked on so far?

I like all of them because I am designing them, but I liked Bear Valley the most because that is the biggest community we’ve done so far.

Bonus Question: What are you currently watching on Netflix right now?

House of Cards [laughs]. I am almost finished with it. But I’m also watching Oscar-nominated films, I am trying to watch all of them [laughs]!



Surprise, Surprise, Yellow Zone!

Your Internet just got better!

We know you have anxiously awaited our launch since we announced we were coming to the Bear Valley Springs area!

It’s time to Gigafy your life with fiber optic Internet that offers speeds up to 100 times faster than DSL or cable.  With our gigabit fiber to the home plans you will never see another dreaded buffering circle, and because we know uploads matter just as much as your downloads

Today, you can officially start placing your orders for our fiber optic product line-up that includes:

  • Race Internet: Make your Internet connection fly–Gigafy. With speeds up to 100 times faster than DSL or cable, Race’s gigabit fiber-to-the-premises makes the Internet feel like it’s right next to you, on your own private network.
  • Race Phone: Race offers fiber-based phone service for the highest-quality voice calls. Our unlimited phone lines come with nationwide calling, a full range of call and phone features, and very low international rates. Since our phone service is a traditional landline and not VOIP, it is reliable even in a power outage.
  • Race TV: This new, top of the line product is delivered over our company’s fiber-to-the-premises network. The service includes all of the most popular US cable channels and has something for movie buffs and sports enthusiasts alike. Enjoy Superior HD-quality video, a variety of news, sports and entertainment channels and the newest in DVR technology and Video OnDemand and offers a comprehensive TV package with close to 300 SD and HD channels.

Prior to the launch, all of the 4,800 residents had copper wiring running throughout town. Traditionally, copper wiring was designed to handle most analog communications such as Morris Code. But in today’s connected world, speed is a necessity that comes in the form of fiber optics.

Now residents in the Yellow can sit back and upload, download and stream at never before seen speed. Our service allows symmetrical speeds, up to 1GBPS, meaning it downloads and uploads content at the same speed and consistency in both directions.

Visit us on at Race.com or call us today at 1-877-722-3833 to place your order today!


To Infinity and Beyond – Tehachapi Style

Excitement, enthusiasm, and enjoyment filled the air yesterday at the Tehachapi Airport.

Over 700 elementary and middle school students came, for one thing, to see their rockets take flight.

The students all came to together to celebrate weeks of their hard work. Since April, they have been participating in the Art, Science & Technology Educational (AST) Intermediate Space Challenge and Race Communications was there to cheer them on.

The Intermediate Space Challenge (ISC), started back in 2010 and is a program designed to capture youthful imagination about space and energize their interest in the engineering, mathematics, and Science career fields.

The ISC focuses on 4th and 5th grade, engaging them in a team effort to build a model rocket, write about their thoughts on space exploration, learn about rocket propulsion principles, and participate in a launch day event at Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

The challenge grades students on their banner designs, essay, and rocket flight.

Globally, of the 40 most advanced countries, the United States ranks No.38 when it comes to graduating science majors according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

While Americans scientist still publish more papers than their international counterparts, not nearly enough students are graduating with degrees in the STEM field to keep up with the rest of the world.

But, yesterday was different.

“We’re living in such an awesome time that you guys will be shaping the future,” said Marie Walker, an AST Volunteer and MC of the event.

Hand-crafted, colorful banners with team names such as the “NASA Brats,” “Space Warriors” and the “Super Momma Birds” all eagerly waited for their rockets to take flight.

Purple glittered and American flag rockets were a few of the 29 one-of-kind designs that lined the skies. The cone-shaped rockets were mostly made out of cardboard and plastic and have an average height of about 350 feet of air time.

Before every rocket that took flight, there was a countdown and some teams even prepare a special cheer for their design. With every rocket launched, it ended with an “ooh and ah” from the energetic crowd.

“This has been a great tradition and addition to our children’s curriculum for the past 7 years,” said Jim Miller, Product Development, RaceTV. “We hope to be a part of this event for many years to come.”








What you should know about Cord Cutting

With rising cost, spotty service and mandatory contracts, the cable industry is taking a hit.

To date, the average Americans spent an average of $103 a month — $1,236 a year — on cable television in 2016.

More and more consumers are “cutting the cord.”

Not literally, but customers are getting rid of their cable boxes and using streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and to watch their favorite shows.

In fact, in 2014, nearly 1.4 million nationwide households made the call to go cable-free or shut off their paid TV-subscription.

Not to mention, The FCC reported in that same year that the average monthly price of expanded basic service increased by 5.1% to $64.41 in 2012, compared to a 1.6% annual increase in the Consumer Price Index.

So if you’re thinking about cutting the cord, you’re not alone. But where should you start?

It’s overwhelming. In the post-cable arena, there are so many options to explore to find the perfect streaming combination.

Should you go with an AppleTV? Amazon Firestick? Upgrade to a SmartTV?

How do you know which option is right for you?

To know your best options, it’s important that you familiarize yourself in the term cord cutting. By definition, cord cutting is the practice of terminating your current cable or satellite television. The purpose of cord cutting is to save money but to still enjoy your favorite shows at a much cheaper price.

For starters, canceling your subscription would be the first step, but before you do make sure you follow these tips:

  • Do your research: Not every streaming system or streaming device is created equal. Knowing what options are available in your area and what are the product specs are all worth knowing up front.
  • Pricing: With so many different options available on the market, keep in mind pricing. For example, the Roku Express can range from $30-$80 and AppleTV starts from $149.
  • Know your cord-cutting services: Again, streaming devices and streaming services are two different things. Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon prime Video are apps that offer individual services for television programming. Think of it as an a la carte feature. It’s the equivalent of paying for just what you want to watch.

Of course, for those of you a little unsure about cord cutting, you can always consider Race’s services. Our triple play offers you fiber optic Internet, Phone, and RaceTV. Our gigafy line allows you to sit back and upload, download and stream at never before seen speed.

Our service allows symmetrical speeds, up to 1 Gigabyte, meaning it downloads and uploads content at the same speed and consistency in both directions.

Call Race at 1-877-722-3833 or visit us at Race.com for more information.






Face to Face with Race: Raul Flores

Raised in sunny So-Cal, Raul Flores oversees all of Race’s technicians and trains them on the best methods to install our fiber optic product. Every day, he oversees scheduling to make sure our installs are done on time. Read more to find out about how Raul spends his days at Race.

How long have you been at Race?

I’ve been at Race for three years.

What is your official title?

I am the Field Manager.

So what exactly do you do?

I basically supervise all the field technicians. My day consists of overseeing the technicians and installs. I handle their payroll and I also manage our fleet vehicles. I oversee 7 technicians. I also stay on top of registration and maintenance for the Race Vehicles.

I work a lot with Customer Service.

How it all works is Customer Services schedules appointments with the customers. They will assign a technician that’s available and they will assign the tech a particular area because there are five areas in our Southern California region. Usually what I will do is look at the schedule to see how it is setup and if I feel I need to move someone around, I will contact Customer Service and see if we can make the changes.

I mostly do scheduling, paperwork administrative duties.

What has been your favorite project while working at Race?

My favorite project…I guess it has to be when I do data projects; I also enjoy training the technicians.

What three words would you use to describe working at Race?

Interesting, different, and exciting.

Bonus Question: What is the first thing you would buy if you hit the lottery?

The first thing I would do if I hit the lottery is, pay off my house [laughs]. I’m not really too materialistic like buying cars and clothes. If anything, I would buy another house to rent. Eventually, that money will run out so I would have some sort of income coming in.