Race Communications opens in Tehachapi!

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.

 

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

 

The value of Fiber Internet

When someone goes house-hunting, they have their needs, their wants, and their deal-breakers. In addition to good schools, low crime and a nice location, high-speed internet service, is becoming more of a need than a want.

Cities and towns across the country are beginning to see next generation internet access as a necessity, citing its impact on property values, rents, and overall economic health.

Take Provo, Utah, for instance. With the introduction of gigabit internet (provided by Google Fiber), residents are seeing faster internet, more reliable service, and increased home values. The median price of a home in Provo in 2014 was $182,750, an increase of over 15% in 2011 when homes were selling for a median price of $158,950.

Ashley Jensen, a successful real estate agent in Provo, has seen a lot of positive changes in her city the last few years, including a complete renovation of the city’s downtown area and many new businesses. Since 2011, the number of homes sold in Provo have increased by 26%. Ms. Jensen attributes this to new mayor, John Curtis and the business boom brought on in part by better connectivity.

In addition to increased home value, a study by the FTTH council suggests that gigabit internet may have a positive impact in other areas such as a decrease in unemployment, improving medical technology and creating new education applications.

Studies have shown that students with broadband at home study more, watch less television, and improve their grades. With fiber internet, teachers and lecturers could simulcast their lessons to a classroom across town – or across the country. With the advent of 3D broadcasting, imagine if students could inspect a visualizations of the planets orbiting the sun in the solar system, projected right out into their classroom.

Jensen says she has seen an influx of Silicon Valley transplants to the area, and believes they are choosing to live in Provo because of the city’s innovative spirit and desire to provide the right tools and resources for success to it’s residents and businesses.

Download a copy of the study here.