National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
This year, Race attended National Night Out in Stallion Springs and Bear Valley Springs while sponsoring National Night Out in Playa Vista. Both Stallion Springs and Bear Valley Springs had dunk tanks – BVS’ was hosted by Race and Race also had a water booth with games for the children in Stallion Springs.
The Race team enjoyed the beautiful weather and getting to know the members of the communities they serve. Residents who have Race services gave their feedback and those who didn’t have service through Race expressed their desire for better broadband in their neighborhoods.
The evening in Stallion Springs finished with a raffle where two lucky kids won bikes that were sponsored by Race. In Bear Valley Springs the line at the dunk tank never slowed down even the Assistant GM of the Bear Valley Springs Association, Cheramy Krueger got dunked!
The Race team looks forward to coming back next year!
Race believes in community engagement and strives to attend as many community events as possible. In addition, Race does its best to give back to the communities where the company offers service.
This year, the company decided to do something new for two of their communities – a backpack giveaway for residents in Phelan and Boron, CA. The first event took place in Phelan and was a huge success. 100 backpacks were given out to children of all ages!
The Race team showed up bright and early to start setting up for the event. Boxes of backpacks, school supplies, and water bottles were unpacked, banners were hung and the A/C was turned on. By 5pm, residents of Phelan began to show up and formed a neat line outside the new Race field office.
Water bottles and tickets were given to all those who were in line until supplies ran out – It didn’t take long for 100 tickets to be claimed and soon, children were filling the office alongside their parents ready to get their school supplies!
Jr. Miss Phelan was in attendance as well as writers and photographers from the local newspapers. It was a whirlwind event and by 7pm, all backpacks and school supplies had been handed out.
The Race team had an absolute blast and looks forward to next week’s backpack giveaway in Boron, CA. The event in Boron, CA is taking place next Tuesday and is open to residents in Boron, Randsburg, Red Mountain and Johannesburg. The event will be held at the Boron Community Park from 5-7pm.
After such a successful event, Race is considering a repeat next year!
Wednesday morning, the Tehachapi Municipal Airport filled with more than 700 fourth and fifth graders. 2018 marks the 9th consecutive year for the event.
For the past couple weeks, the students worked to design and build rockets. Tuesday, they gathered to launch the rockets, competing to see whose went the highest. They also had to write essays, create a banner and recite a chant for the competition.
Make sure to check out this great video that features Jim Miller, VP of Sales and Marketing & Supporter of the Intermediate Space Challenge.
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 $27.6-million-dollar grant was awarded after multiple challenges and months of delays.
San Francisco, CA: On Thursday, July 13th, 2017 The California Public Utilities Commission voted four to one yesterday to approve the “Gigafy Phelan” grant, which will cover 60% of the cost of building a brand new fiber to the home network in the Phelan, Pinon Hills and Oak Hills regions. The single no came from commission president Michael Picker. The grant will provide fiber-based gigabit internet to over 7,600 households in a 98 square mile coverage area.
The decision to approve resolution T-17525 and award Race Communications the grant comes after years of planning and months of deliberation. Commissioners admitted that this was a difficult decision for them after a late challenge from Frontier came in April 2017. Frontier claimed it was in the process of upgrading services to 85% of the proposed project area using CAF-II funding, a federal program put in place to upgrade broadband in rural services. Unlike the CASF fund, CAF-II funding is limited to incumbent carriers and expenditure is not limited to construction.
After some research by CPUC staff it was determined that the upgrades proposed by Frontier would not meet the current minimum standard and would only serve 60% of residents at best, leaving many of the residents without adequate broadband. These findings echo what many residents already knew. In attendance at the Commission Voting Hearing were five longtime residents of Phelan who urged the commission to vote “yes” on resolution T-17525. The residents shared similar stories of poor or no connectivity and how the lack of service had negatively impacted their life and their community.
Support was not limited to the residents of the proposed grant area – once Frontier submitted their late challenge, Race Communications received support from elected officials and anchor institutions across the region as well as the state of California. Many of these had been supporters since 2014 when the project first became a reality after CEO, Raul Alcaraz confirmed that Race intended to submit a CASF application for the area.
Alcaraz was pleased with the decision and issued the following statement “After years of hard work from so many different parties we are excited and proud to see a well-deserved project get the approval necessary so we can get started. We have experienced first-hand the value of the CASF program and all that it brings to those who are involved. We look forward to Gigafying Phelan.”
The project is Race Communications’ tenth CASF grant. Phelan will be the second community in San Bernardino to receive service from Race, with Red Mountain (Part of the “Five Mining” project) being the first. In all of its projects, Race offers fiber-based internet plans that start at $25/month with their gigabit service costing just $60/month. Race also offers affordable, fiber-based phone and TV services in all of their project areas.