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.
Residents of the Phelan, Piñon Hills and Oak Hills areas of San Bernardino County were in attendance for the 2nd “Gigafy Phelan” Town Hall as Race Communications rolled out it’s Race Gigathon, where residents can win prizes including 1 year of FREE internet service from Race.
Race has purchased property in the Phelan area as part of their project to service over 10,000 households with fiber to the home. Currently, engineers are testing utility poles and performing land surveys to assist with the final designs of Race’s Fiber network. Race announced that the project in Phelan will be divided into zones which will be announced at a later time.
The announcement of the Race Gigathon was received with much fanfare. Those in attendance participated in the #RELAY portion of the Gigathon by asking questions to Race Team members. Race raffled off 1 FREE month of Race Internet while one lucky winner will win 1 year of FREE internet at the finish of the Gigathon. Instructions on how to play and enter into the Gigathon are available at https://www.race.com/gigathon.
Gigafy Phelan Town Hall:
Race will hold their next town hall on January 20th with the time and location still to be determined. Make sure you are receiving our project updates by filling out our Inquiry Form. Share with your neighbors and friends so they can receive updates as well.
Race Communications rolled into town in the new Race “GIGA-MOBILE” for the annual “Phelan Phamily Phun Days” in Phelan, CA. The event included a carnival, bands, performances and a number of vendor booths. Race team members participated alongside 20-25 other vendors, which included The Pizza Factory, Maui Wowi, CERT, The Desert Keepers, Metro PCS and more.
We had a BLAST and plan on attending many more events in the Phelan area during our “Gigafy Phelan” Fiber Internet Project. If you’d like to stay up to date with Race events and construction please fill out our Inquiry Form.
Race will also be making a huge announcement at our upcoming town hall meeting, so mark your calendars!
Race “Gigafy Phelan” Town Hall Meeting
Friday November, 17th from 6-8pm at the Piñon Mesa Middle School Auditorium
One of the unique aspects about Race Communications is that we strive to serve communities that larger carriers have long ignored. The projects in the Mono County and Five Mining Communities are great examples of what makes Race stand out from the rest. The quaint town of Johannesburg has traits of the old west as it inhabits families, scholars as well as business owners. Lee Vining is a friendly High Sierra community which is a popular tourist destination only minutes away from Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, Bodie (the official state ghost town) and Mammoth Lakes. Lee Vining is a non-CASF project fully funded by Race Communications.
During the application process to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for these projects, Race contended that available broadband was insufficient and the communities voiced dissatisfaction with mobile broadband as a substitute for wired broadband. Main issues for the need of reliable broadband included data caps, lack of bandwidth and reliability for functional use for education, healthcare, economic competitiveness and public safety. Race’s Fiber Internet solves many of these issues.
The great news is that installations are just around the corner!
For those customers who already have placed orders in Mono County, drops and installations are scheduled to happen towards the end of October in the Crowley Lake, Aspen Springs, Mono City, Sunny Slopes, Tom’s Place and Lee Vining. The Five Mining Communities consisting of Johannesburg, Randsburg and Red Mountain will also begin drops and installations towards the end of October. If your order has already been placed, one of our Race team members will be calling to schedule installations. If you haven’t placed an order, GET GIGAFIED today! or call 1-877-722-3833.
We at Race would like to thank you for your patience and are excited to bring reliable and affordable internet to your community!