Race Is Growing! Job Fair Coming to Tehachapi 😃

Race Communications has been working tirelessly to provide fiber-to-the-home internet service to the outlying areas of Tehachapi, CA for the past two years, and is now live in the communities of Stallion Springs, Oak Knolls, Cummings Valley and Bear Valley Springs. Race continues to add new customers and is expanding into the Central Valley and parts of Southern California. In July 2017, Race Communications was awarded their newest grant, bringing another 7,600 homes in the Phelan, CA (San Bernardino County) area into the future of fiber-based internet.  The company’s tremendous success in Tehachapi and the future expansion in Central and Southern California has provided the need to expand Race’s workforce.

As such, Race Communications is looking to open an office in Tehachapi in early 2018. The company is currently in the preliminary stages of exploration for this venture and feels very optimistic.

“Without the people of Tehachapi and the residents of the community that choose Race over other providers for their internet, phone and TV needs, this expansion would not be possible,” says Raul Alcaraz, CEO of Race Communications. “This venture relies on several factors, but we are hoping to find the right space and the right people for our expansion in the very community that has allowed us to be successful.”

Race Communications will host their first of several Job Fairs on Saturday, November 18th from 12pm – 4pm at the Stallion Springs Community Services District – 27800 Stallion Springs Drive, Stallion Springs CA 93561.  There will also be a second Job Fair in December. Race Communications would like to thank the residents of Tehachapi for their support and for making the company’s success possible.  Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming career days by following Race on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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🎃 Turnout for Trunk or Treat was UnBOOlievable! 👻

Race Communications would like to thank everyone who came out to the Trunk or Treat on Saturday October 28th in Bear Valley Springs.  Over 700 people came out to the Whiting Center to enjoy the 20+ cars that were decorated for the event.  The trunk decoration contest was heavily contested with the Day of the Dead Theme edging out 1st Place.  2nd Place went to the Spooky Concoction Theme.  3rd Place went to the Froggy Theme. 4th Place went to the Spooktacular Scare Family Theme.  Some of the prizes Race awarded the winners were an Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire Tablet, Race Coffee Mugs and Starbucks Gift Cards.  This event was sponsored by the Bear Valley Police Department, Bear Valley Community Services District and Race Communications.

Race Communications has been constructing the Kern County High Desert Project bringing a fiber-based network to Tehachapi, CA and surrounding areas.  This project was approved and partially funded by a grant from the California Advanced Services Fund.  Currently, Race is accepting orders and connecting the vast majority of serviceable areas in the Tehachapi and Bear Valley Springs.  For more information you can visit race.com or visit our Race to Tehachapi Facebook page. 

The Race Team Had a BLAST at Phelan Phamily Phun Days!

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

9298 Sheep Creek Rd, Phelan, CA 92371

👻 Have a SPOOKTACULAR time at the Trunk or Treat 10/28 – Sponsored by Race 🎃

 

UPDATE: Race is now partnering with the Bear Valley Police Department and Bear Valley Springs Association at the Carnival on Saturday October 28th from 5 – 9:00pm.

Whiting Center Parking Lot

26940 Bear Valley Road

Tehachapi, CA 93561

Setup your own trunk, donate candy or bring the kids out to this SPOOKTACULAR event!

If you’d like to participate or would like more information please contact team@race.com by October 20th

Race Is Going Live in Mono County and Five Mining Communities

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!

We are RACING to Phelan Phamily Phun Days 🚗💨

The Fall season has arrived and Race Communications will be in attendance at this year’s Phelan Phamily Phun Days,  Friday through Sunday on October 13 – 15th.  This is just one of many events that Race will be in attendance while we prepare to “Gigafy Phelan”.  Come out to the Phelan Community Center & Park and look for our Race Communications booth, say hello, pick up some Race swag and have a great time.

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Following suit with Race’s mission statement we focus on “providing reliable, high-speed internet and advanced communications at an affordable price.”  Each one of our projects are uniquely different so we strive to get to know the communities that we end up serving.  Race spent three years to get this project approved and we have some great things in store while we go through each stage of our fiber to premise (FTTP) process.

Phelan Phamily Phun Days is a long standing tradition in the Tri-Community which consists of Phelan, Piñon Hills, Wrightwood and the surrounding areas.  There will be live entertainment, carnival rides and the crowning of Miss Phelan 2017.  This is a three-day event for the whole family to enjoy.  

 

Everyone Wants Race! What If I’m Outside the Coverage Area?

We at Race Communications always strive to be transparent with the communities we serve.  As most of our customers know, Race partners with the State of California and receives grants from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF).  To date, Race has been awarded ten separate grants from the CASF to advance broadband adoption and infrastructure deployment in unserved and underserved areas consisting of over 16,000 households. The grants only cover a portion of the construction cost, up to 60% for most projects. That means Race funds the remaining amount.

The feedback from Race customers once they are connected has been tremendous and many are taken aback by how fast their internet speeds are (Figure 1).  This leads to a lot of interest from nearby friends and family – some of whom live outside our coverage area. This is often followed by the following questions: “I live right down the street! Why can’t I get Race?” or “I have terrible internet, why aren’t you coming to my area?”.

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Figure 1. Race Customer Speed Test in Tehachapi, CA

Due to the requirements of CASF, we must serve the areas deemed unserved or underserved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  According to the CPUC, an underserved area is defined as follows: where broadband is available, but no wireline or wireless facilities-based provider offers service at advertised speeds of at least 6 mbps download and 1.5 mbps upload.  This means that on occasion, we will be asked to remove an area from our initial application.

Let’s use our newest approved CASF project in Phelan, CA as an example.  We call it the “swiss cheese” effect (Figure 2).  

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Figure 2. Phelan, CA Coverage Map

As you can see by the coverage map in blue, there are gaps and pockets that are not within the coverage area.  Those areas are deemed “served” by the CPUC, meaning that these areas have broadband available at speeds of at least 6 mbps download and 1.5 mbps upload. This means that the CPUC has performed speed tests in the area which show that the minimum speed requirements have been met.  In other instances, another carrier may claim to provide service in that area.  This will disqualify an area from receiving CASF funding for broadband upgrades.

We at Race know that this doesn’t always mean the entire area has adequate coverage and broadband connectivity can be lacking or even non-existent – therefore we evaluate building to the areas taken out as a separate project. Lee Vining, CA in Mono County is one such community.  The entire town of Lee Vining was removed from a previous CASF application, but due to the location of our infrastructure and the level of interest from the community, Race decided to build a fiber-to-the-home network to the community. The project was 100% self-funded.

So if you happen to fall outside our coverage area, don’t lose hope.  This doesn’t mean that you will not receive service from Race – it simply means that your area doesn’t fall under the CASF guidelines and will not be built as part of a CASF-funded project. It doesn’t mean that Race won’t expand service as part of a separate project in the future [if the demand is there and existing infrastructure makes it possible]. We encourage those who live outside our coverage areas to submit an “Out of Area” inquiry form at www.race.com/inquiry.  Race engineers are constantly reevaluating possible expansions to our coverage areas.