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Race Communications representatives Jim Miller, vice president of marketing and sales, and Ally Hetland, marketing manager, pose for a picture by a company vehicle in downtown Tehachapi on Dec. 14.

Race Communications is on a mission to provide high-speed internet and advanced communications to the community.

And for its efforts, the business has been named the 2018 Large Business of the Year by the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce and Tehachapi News. 

"To us it means our company was as successful as we thought it was," said Ally Hetland, marketing manager for Race Communications. "We wouldn't be successful without the people of Tehachapi."

She added receiving the award validates all the effort, time and resources the company has put into providing services to Tehachapi.

Race Communications started providing services to Tehachapi more than a year ago and is in the area partly due to a joint effort between the California Public Utilities Commission and the company, said Jim Miller, vice president of marketing and sales for Race Communications.

The commission provided a grant to Race Communications called the California Advanced Services Fund, and this helped to provide broadband access to the community.

Will Cuevas, representative of Race Communications who nominated the company, said that the CASF grant has provided $12 million to help the project move forward, with Race investing $7 million. 

Cuevas added, "Race Communications also differs from their competition by offering service with no contracts and no increases in monthly fees after an introductory offer, something customers are very pleased with."

According to Race Communications' website, race.com, the company "focuses much of its efforts towards building out fiber networks and offering gigabit internet service to communities throughout California." 

Miller said a very simple approach helps in providing services to customers — affordable pricing models for television, phone and internet with no hidden costs, and no switching of pricing as time goes by. Basic plans start at $20 per month and rise from there, depending on the service and strength of connection.

Services in Kern County are available in Tehachapi, Alpine Forest, Brite Lake, Bear Valley Springs, Boron, Cummings Valley, Oak Knolls, Stallion Springs and other areas. Residents can go to race.com/inquiry to check if services are offered in their area. 

Race Communications plans to open a sales center in Tehachapi in the first quarter of 2018, Miller said.

Race Communications, which has 12 local employees in Tehachapi and the Mojave region and 50 for the entire company, was nominated for the Large Business of the Year award given by Tehachapi News and the Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce. 

Ida Perkins, president of the chamber, said, “It is an honor for the Chamber to have the opportunity to recognize Race Communications as the 2018 Tehachapi Large Business of the Year for their contributions to our community."

Stephanie Ursua, Tehachapi News' business manager, said, "It's an honor to give to such a deserving business."

The Greater Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce Installation & Recognition Gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at Villa La Paz at the National Chavez Center, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Road in Keene. Tickets to the gala cost $55 and reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 12, by calling the Chamber at 661-822-4180.

Race Communications will be honored that night, along with the Small Business of the Year and the Citizen of the Year.

This article has been modified to include updated cost figures from Race Communications.