Senator Jean Fuller presents Race with a Certificate of Recognition
Tehachapi Mayor Ed Grimes presents Race with a Certificate of Recognition for 2018 Large Business of the Year
Assemblymember Vince Fong with the Race Team
Race Communications was honored to be in attendance at The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Gala and in receiving the 2018 Large Business of the Year Award. Race received special recognition from chamber members, Mayor Ed Grimes, Assemblymember Vince Fong and State Senator Jean Fuller.
On hand from Race Communications was Content Writer Will Cuevas, Marketing Manager Ally Hetland, VP of Sales and Marketing Jim Miller and CEO Raul Alcaraz. Alcaraz addressed those in attendance expressing his gratitude to the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and to the community, “This wouldn’t be possible without the community of Tehachapi and the partnership between Race and the Chamber over the past 4 years. We are truly grateful.”
The Kern County High Desert Project was approved in 2013 granting Race approximately $13 million to build a fiber-based network for underserved areas in Tehachapi with Race investing another $7 million for the project. Race hasn’t stopped there. In the coming months, Race Communications will be opening an office in Tehachapi and has already hired members of the community to help serve existing and future customers of Race.
If you read our previous blogs about AB 1665 and Net Neutrality, you know that the FCC and the State of California are implementing new regulations that will have an impact on carriers like Race Communications when it comes to receiving funding for broadband projects. To date, Race has been awarded approximately $71 million from 10 separate CASF grants covering 60% of project costs.
At the end of 2017, the FCC determined which areas in the country are eligible for funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) to bring broadband internet to unserved areas. The eligible areas are determined through the data that the FCC receives from broadband providers every 6 months.
Here’s the catch.
The data that determines if your area is eligible for funding isn’t based off of actual service being provided. Consumers are considered “served” if a broadband provider indicates that they can provide service to “any census block where at least one home could potentially get 10/1Mbps broadband service within a reasonable amount of time.”Yes that’s right. That means if you live on a block in which a broadband provider can potentially connect just one home with required speeds, then the entire block is deemed served.
Here’s the kicker.
The newest data from the FCC shows a reduction of unserved areas by 30% when compared to the data just 16 months prior. That means less areas are eligible for funding from the CAF and makes it more difficult for providers like Race to submit for grants. Race will continue to excel in providing service to the underserved and rural communities.
Race does our best to provide our customers excellent services and 2017 was a reflection of that. Well, the proof is in the pudding as Race Communications was just named the 2018 Large Business of the Year by the Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and Tehachapi News. Here’s the article from The Tehachapi News, CLICK HERE.
Race provides fiber internet, TV and phone services for areas in Tehachapi with over 1,400 connected customers and counting. Race services are now live and available in the communities of Stallion Springs, Oak Knolls, Alpine Forest, Cummings Valley and Bear Valley Springs.
We are thankful for all of the support from the Greater Tehachapi community and are planning on doing even bigger things in 2018.