Cook Announces Grant Award to Provide High-Speed Internet Service to Rural San Bernardino County Communities
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 https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=1040.
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.