Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Cook Announces Grant Award to Provide High-Speed Internet Service to Rural San Bernardino County Communities

Jul 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON-   Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced today that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has awarded a $27.6 million grant to Race Telecommunications for the "Gigafy Phelan" project. The grant funding was awarded through the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) and will be used to bring gigabit-capable high-speed internet service to Phelan, Pinon Hills, Oak Hills, and portions of Hesperia. These communities were identified by the CPUC as high-priority underserved areas.

Race Telecommunications intends to complete the project in two years using a phased approach. Once completed, consumers will have access to internet service that provides up to 1 gigabyte per second of download speed. Current download speeds for affected residents vary from 1-5 megabytes per second. Additionally, under the provisions of the grant, user rates for the improved internet service will be maintained for a period of five years.

Cook, an advocate for rural communities, submitted a letter to the CPUC urging them to select the Gigafy Phelan project for grant funds.

Cook said, “The evidence is clear that introducing modern high-speed internet can have a positive effect on local economies. Unfortunately, even as technology and internet-based commerce has improved lives in urban and suburban areas, some rural communities have been left behind. I’m proud to represent a largely rural district, and I’m a rural resident myself, so I’m excited to see what the Gigafy Phelan project will do for this area.”

To learn more about “Gigafy Phelan.,” please visit the CPUC website at

A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.