Race Communications was a participant in the Bear Valley Springs Easter Egg Hunt this past Saturday March 31st. We participated by donating three GIANT chocolate bunnies, one for each egg hunt age group. A certificate good for one chocolate bunny was placed in an egg for the lucky kids to find. We also included the adults in the festivities by donating an Easter basket full of goodies with a voucher for one free month of Internet service for the lucky winner of a Bingo game!
Attending the event was our Sales Lead from the Tehachapi office, Matt Nowell. He was there to answer any questions the community may have had and to also have fun with his own family! Here at Race we like to maintain close ties with our communities and love to get involved whenever we can! Check out the little winners of some BIG bunnies!
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.
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.