Face to Face with Race: Raul Flores

Raised in sunny So-Cal, Raul Flores oversees all of Race’s technicians and trains them on the best methods to install our fiber optic product. Every day, he oversees scheduling to make sure our installs are done on time. Read more to find out about how Raul spends his days at Race.

How long have you been at Race?

I’ve been at Race for three years.

What is your official title?

I am the Field Manager.

So what exactly do you do?

I basically supervise all the field technicians. My day consists of overseeing the technicians and installs. I handle their payroll and I also manage our fleet vehicles. I oversee 7 technicians. I also stay on top of registration and maintenance for the Race Vehicles.

I work a lot with Customer Service.

How it all works is Customer Services schedules appointments with the customers. They will assign a technician that’s available and they will assign the tech a particular area because there are five areas in our Southern California region. Usually what I will do is look at the schedule to see how it is setup and if I feel I need to move someone around, I will contact Customer Service and see if we can make the changes.

I mostly do scheduling, paperwork administrative duties.

What has been your favorite project while working at Race?

My favorite project…I guess it has to be when I do data projects; I also enjoy training the technicians.

What three words would you use to describe working at Race?

Interesting, different, and exciting.

Bonus Question: What is the first thing you would buy if you hit the lottery?

The first thing I would do if I hit the lottery is, pay off my house [laughs]. I’m not really too materialistic like buying cars and clothes. If anything, I would buy another house to rent. Eventually, that money will run out so I would have some sort of income coming in.

 

 

Getting Smart: Know Your Facts About IFAN 

High-speed Internet is essential for quality of life. With job applications, health services and homework assignments living in the Digital Space, there are many households still in the dark. In California alone, 16 percent of the state’s population do not have high-speed Internet at home and 30 percent do not have broadband and a computing device.

Broadband Internet allows users to access the Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than traditional dial-up modem connections.

Back in 2008, The California Advance Services Fund (CASF) was created to close the Digital Divide to provide grants and loans for the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas by collecting a few cents per month on phone bills to authorize and fund new projects.

But with funding running out, the CASF can be renewed again in 2017, expiring in 2023 pending authorization from the California Legislature. The Internet for All Now (IFAN) bill was introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia.

Since 2009, Race Communications has dedicated extensive resources to building and providing fiber-based Internet services to nearly 12,000 homes in unserved and underserved communities throughout California starting with the Mojave Air & Spaceport, which is now one of the largest private space research and development centers in California.

In Stallion Springs alone, Race Communications has made their much-needed services available to over 1,200 homes and plans to deliver service to another 2,400 homes in Bear Valley Springs, a nearby gated community.

Today, Race is the largest recipient of the CASF fund with 22 projects stretching the Eastern Sierras North to the Nevada border. (Please see map for related projects). Without CASF and “middle-mile,” which are providers that link a core network to a local plant, projects such as Digital 395, communities like Stallion Springs, Bear Valley Springs and Boron would not be able to get fiber connectivity, thus improving day-to-day life and boosting local economies.

For companies such as Race, funding like CASF is essential, which is why we support the passage of IFAN. As a company, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact fiber optic connections can bring to a community. From boosting local economies and revitalizing communities there are so many benefits from a bill such as IFAN.

Benefits of High-Speed Internet

Public Health: Emergency Responders depend on broadband to operate efficiently in the field. Faster connections allow for First Responders to have faster and more coordinated responses with nearby agencies.

Public Safety: It is very common for some rural public safety agencies to lose communications in heavy rain, fog and snow and makes it even harder for law enforcement to dispatch an officer or have access to electronic records. Enabling a faster network from the middle-mile provider to the last-mile alleviates officer safety issues. Police in Boron have me and again commented on the vast improvement in their response times since Race brought fiber Internet connectivity to their city.

Education: Nationally, as many as 7 in 10 teachers assign homework that requires access to broadband, but one in three house- holds do not have access to broadband services. Race customers in gigafied communities have not only seen their children’s grades improve, but many have also gone back to complete higher education or attain a Master’s degree allowing them to better their economic situation.

What can you do to show your support for IFAN & CASF? Visit http://www.internetforallnow.org/ and subscribe with your email address for updates.

For more information on IFAN and California Emerging Technologies Fund (CETF)

http://www.cetfund.org/investments/IFAN

 

From concept to reality. How Fiber is brought to your home

Race Communications specializes in building fiber infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities in California. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is a large endeavor and requires a multifaceted construction process. You may see our trucks driving around town, but that doesn’t mean we are ready to install just yet.

Please take a look at our infographic below to see the process behind bringing fiber to our new communities and markets.

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