We have officially moved in! Race has expanded our team with a new office in Tehachapi that opened on February 26th. We are so appreciative to all our customers in the greater Tehachapi area that made it possible for us to expand our office. We are so excited to grow further ties to the community and offer new local job opportunities.
The office will act as a Private Sales Headquarters and equipment Warehouse, not accessible to the public. With all the community outreach, privately funded projects, over 10 CASF projects in the works, and winning Big Business of the Year for Tehachapi, 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for us at Race Communications.
To commemorate the opening of our Tehachapi office, we held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday March 22nd. CEO- Raul Alcaraz attended to cut the ribbon along with Sales and Marketing VP – Jim Miller, Sales and Marketing Manager – Ally Harris, the Sales and Marketing team, and a few Race Technicians.
We would also like to thank all the attendees, such as, Chamber President Ida Perkins, Chamber Directors Stephanie Garcia and Carl Gehricke; Chamber Ambassadors Pat Doody, Carol Duetsch, Sandra Honea, Patrick Donahue and Josh Crisalli. A special thank you, to caterers Red House BBQ for serving up some delicious food.
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.
In May 2017, Race Communications ensured our customers that we would support Net Neutrality. Even though the rules and regulations on how the internet runs has changed we continue that promise. Though this topic has become very political in nature, being a smaller internet service provider who will continue to protect our customers’ privacy and not throttle their internet speeds is beneficial for Race Communications, our customers and the internet as whole.
Race Communications has stood by the mission of providing service to underserved communities and to those communities that larger providers have long ignored. It would only make sense for Race to continue support Net Neutrality and not let our services be affected by this change in regulations. Be happy that you are a Race customer! If you don’t have Race and are in our service area, call our team at 877-722-3833 or visit www.race.com to get started today.
Many Race Customers are very happy with their internet speeds once they get installed. Here’s a simple infographic showing how fiber is connected to your home.
Remember: Fiber-optic is NOT like copper wiring that most internet service providers use. With Fiber, customers do not lose broadband speed or capacity during peak usage times like with copper. Your home will have a dedicated internet signal with symmetrical download and upload speeds.
Fiber Optic cable is ran via an aerial or underground drop to the “clamshell” which is installed outside of the home.
The “clamshell” unit on the outside of the home houses the fiber cable that is ran through the wall and connected to the Optical Network Terminal (ONT).
The ONT converts the laser light signal from the fiber into an electrical signal. CAT 5 or 6 cable is then ran from the ONT to the router.
If using our Race router, you will be able to hardwire devices using CAT 5 or 6 cable or utilize it’s 2 channel WiFi signal to connect to the internet.