Residents Come out in Numbers for “Gigafy Phelan” Town Hall

The Race to Gigafy Phelan Begins

 

San Francisco, CA – August 28, 2017:  On Sunday August 27th, The residents of Phelan welcomed Race Communications to town marking the beginning of the journey to “Gigafy Phelan”.  The Womack Auditorium at Piñon Mesa Middle School was filled with residents who showed their excitement about finally gaining access to reliable high speed internet in their community.  In attendance were members of the local Chamber of Commerce, business owners and even the group dubbed as “The Phelan 5” who played an essential role in gaining the final approval for the project.  The presentation then went on to explain the next steps in the process to Gigafy Phelan after receiving approval from the California Public Utilities Commission back in July.

Raul Alcaraz, CEO of Race Communications expressed to the audience that: “Race Communications focuses on the areas that large carriers have long ignored.”, which garnered strong acknowledgement from the crowd.  Alcaraz continued, using the small community of Boron, CA as an example of underserved areas that Race has connected with high speed fiber-based internet stating: “Boron has faster internet than downtown L.A. or San Francisco.”

There were several questions from the audience in regards to the project with the most pressing being how long the project will take to complete.  Other members of the community asked how fiber internet connectivity from Race is different than other internet service providers and how the service would be brought to the area.

The project is expected to take anywhere from 12-24 months to complete.  Bringing new services to the community is a resource intensive project that requires careful research and planning.  From start to finish there will be 4 phases to the construction process before Race is ready to start taking orders.  The first phase is complete – acquiring the grant! Next comes the “Design” phase where the company will use the data gathered to create a map of where fiber can be built based on existing infrastructure and obstacles. Following the design phase is the long process of acquiring permits for the build.

Finally, construction can begin which is the phase you will see the most.  Once plans and permits are in place, our crews will get straight to work.  As construction nears completion, the order form will be released and residents will be able to sign up for service.

Over 60 members of the community signed up to receive project updates. Race Communications plans on holding their next town hall in October. More information on that will follow.  To receive project updates, Race Communications, encourages members of the community to fill out an inquiry form at http://www.race.com/inquiry/.

When filling out the inquiry form, select “Phelan” from the drop down menu whether you live in Phelan, Pinon Hills or Oak Hills as the grant was named “Gigafy Phelan” and encompasses all the areas.

The Cloud Is Changing the Need for Speed

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We all have our heads in “The Cloud” and we don’t even realize it.

Cloud Computing

The days of installing applications software on your computer are over.  Many businesses and everyday consumers are already using cloud computing and they may not even know it.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the delivery of applications, software, data processing, data storage and networking over the internet.  

A great example of cloud computing is using Google Docs. Google Docs allows you to work on a word document online and saves the document in real time.  You’re able to work on the file from your computer, tablet or even mobile device without having to download word processing software.  All your device needs is an internet connection.  

Social Media and Streaming

Do you use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?  Have you purchased anything on Amazon? Do you watch your favorite series on Netflix?  Every time we post, share, listen or watch something online it’s all happening in the cloud.  So with many of our daily activities already happening through the cloud there is an ever increasing need for faster internet speeds.

Need for Speed

Why is your internet speed so important?

Many households have multiple users and devices utilizing the same internet connection.   Watching movies, playing video games, sending emails and shopping are happening at the same time via the internet.  All of this requires adequate internet bandwidth in order for these tasks to be completed without interruption.  

According to a report by iGR research the average monthly broadband usage per household in 2016 was 190 gigabytes per month with 95% of the traffic coming from video. Streaming of HD video also doubles the amount of broadband used which requires adequate internet speeds. 

Gigafy and Fly Through the Cloud!

With speeds up to 100 times faster than DSL or cable, Race’s gigabit fiber-to-the-premises makes the Internet feel like it’s right next to you, on your own private network. Since the days when download speeds mattered much more than uploads are long over, Race delivers the same high speeds in both directions – unlike other providers who throttle uploads and make new tools like the cloud virtually unusable.

NFL Football is coming…

Don’t miss out on all the NFL action this season! Not only does the Race TV Lineup include ESPN and the NFL Network but with Race Internet’s lightening fast speeds you could also stream NFL games with no interruption! This 2017 NFL Season will be broadcasted on FOX, CBS, NBC, NFL Network and ESPN.  For […]

Race Communications to Hold “Gigafy Phelan” Town Hall

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Approved “Gigafy Phelan” Grant Will Provide Fiber-Based Gigabit Internet to over 7,600 Households

San Francisco, CA – July 28, 2017:  On Thursday July 13th, The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the Gigafy Phelan Project and granted Race Communications approximately $27.6 million from the California Advanced Service Fund (CASF) to bring fiber-based gigabit internet to the Phelan, Pinon Hills and Oak Hills areas of San Bernardino County.  These areas were labeled “high priority” by the CASF in 2014 due to not meeting the minimum requirements of upload and download internet speeds and the impact the lack of connectivity was having on the community.

Race Communications and several members of the community played a big role in gaining the approval of this project as competitors worked to block the grant. Providing services to a new area requires Race Communications to  a build new network, which can be an extensive process. Therefore, members of the community are invited to attend a Town Hall Information Session on Sunday August 27th at Pinon Mesa Middle School from 2-4pm. Details on the next steps after approval will be provided and residents are encouraged to attend and ask any questions they may have about the project.

Raul Alcaraz, CEO of Race Communications notes that: “This project has been in the works for a long time and we are very proud that the CPUC saw the need for better connectivity in the area. Our company looks forward to moving ahead with the project and proving to everyone why fiber-based internet is the way of the future. We look forward to providing more information on the project as well as our construction process during the August 27th town hall meeting.”

Location:

Pinon Mesa Middle School – Womack Auditorium

9298 Sheep Creek Rd

Phelan, CA 92371

Time: 2 – 4pm

Tips and Tricks – How To Improve Your Wireless Speed

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Last year, we released the blog “What can affect wireless speeds?” to help our customers get the most out of their internet connection.

Here are a few reminders and more tips and tricks to Gigafy Your Internet!

  • Gigafy your equipment

Older computers may not be capable of handling the fastest internet speeds.  Check to ensure your computer’s WiFi adapter can handle a 802.11ac signal from your router which allows up to 1GBPS!

  • Choose the right channel

Most routers utilize two frequencies to provide a wireless signal: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.     We suggest connecting to the 5 GHz frequency on your WiFi since many household appliances like microwaves and cordless phones utilize the 2.4 GHz frequency and can interfere with your signal.  

  • Location, Location, Location

Is your router located next to furniture or one side of your home?  Materials like concrete and wood can be difficult for a wireless signal to penetrate.  Even placing your router next to windows can reduce your signal strength.  We recommend placing your router in an unobstructed area of your home or a room where you use WiFi the most.  

  • Monitor the number of connected devices

Bottom line….when you have several devices connected to your home WiFi this can reduce the internet speed per device.  Online streaming, like watching Netflix, requires adequate internet speed to avoid the dreaded buffering circle.  We recommend disconnecting devices that aren’t actively using your WiFi signal or better yet…..Get Gigafied with Race Fiber Internet!

 

General Use Plans Approved

The following communities had their General Plans approved by the Mono County Planning Commission during the June 2017 meeting:

-Swall Meadows – Paradise

-Walker

-Mono City

-Aspen Springs

-Benton

-Bridgeport

– Sunny Slopes

So what does that mean? Residents in the area will now see our Race crews around town stranding fiber in the area, working hard to bring better connectivity to rural communities in Mono County. At this time, you will not be able to place an order, but we are getting closer and closer!