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GeoLinks CEO, Skyler Ditchfield Named to List of 200 Most Influential Business Leaders in California’s San Fernando Valley

July 24, 2020 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Camarillo, CA – GeoLinks, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Southern California, announced that its CEO and cofounder, Skyler Ditchfield has been named to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s (SFVBJ annual “Valley 200” list of the most influential business and community leaders in the region.

“It’s an honor to be recognized amongst this prestigious group of community and business leaders,” said Ditchfield. “I would be remiss not to acknowledge the incredible work my team at GeoLinks has done to put company leadership in a position to be recognized. Their dedication to our mission is something that I am truly proud of.”

Under Ditchfield’s leadership, the company has experienced tremendous year-over-year growth, landing GeoLinks on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running.  An industry thought leader, Ditchfield is a voting member of the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, as well as several other FCC working groups and advisory boards. He is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council, a board member for Ventura County’s Economic Development Collaborative (EDC-VC) and a strategic advisory committee and board member for the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB).

An industry leader in the closing of the digital divide, GeoLinks was the largest grant winner in the state of California in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund Phase II Auction in 2018. The $88 million award equips the company to roll out high-speed internet service to some of the most underconnected rural areas in California and Nevada. GeoLinks was also the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries from 2016 through 2020, focusing deployment efforts on connecting rural schools and libraries throughout the state of California and beyond.

“[The Valley 200 list] is 200 people we consider the most influential in the [San Fernando] Valley area,” wrote Charles Crumpley, SFVBJ publisher and editor in a July edition of the business publication. “Some are driven business owners or operators. Others are at the helm of organizations that strive to make our community a better place. A few are top educators. Many are professionals. But all are engaged and active. They are the most influential people in our community.”

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading telecommunications company and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America three-years running, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Hosted Voice, SD-WAN, Cloud On-ramping, Layer 2 Transport, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

Get to Know GeoLinks’ Client Installation Manager, Matt Alinaya

GeoLinks’ Client Installation Manager, Matt Alinaya has been a big part of  our growth over the last few years. From climbing towers and traversing rooftops to making sure our installation teams are prepared for the day ahead, Matt makes sure that our client installations go smoothly and efficiently. But did you know that Matt was also once named a World Champion in a Filipino martial arts competition? We recently sat down with him to learn more:

  1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

I ensure that client installations run smoothly and effectively and I work hand-in-hand with sales, engineering, customer service and dispatch to complete them in a timely manner.

 

  1. What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?

There is a collaborative goal between everyone in the company to continue growing and maximizing our success. It’s a fun and motivating atmosphere to be a part of.

 

  1. What is one of the most interesting things you’ve worked on at GeoLinks? 

I’ve worked on jobs for some of our high-profile clients. As a sports fan, it’s definitely been a highlight to meet some of the professional athletes that we’ve completed installations for.

 

  1. What makes GeoLinks different from any other internet service provider?

It’s our dedication to delivering the highest quality service, not only in terms of our internet, but in how we deliver the highest level of customer service.

 

  1. Outside of work, what is your favorite past time or hobby?

Besides spending time with my family, I love playing basketball and working on my cars. And since I love working on cars so much, I end up working on a lot of my coworkers’ and friends’ vehicles as well.

 

  1. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

When I was 14, I won the world championship for stick fighting, a Filipino martial art known as Kali or Arnis. It’s the national sport of the Philippines.

 

  1. What does your average day at GeoLinks look like?

It’s definitely never the same. I do everything from making sure that our installation technicians have what they need for the day ahead, to tracking inventory and creating scopes of work for upcoming jobs. Some days I also go into the field and assist our installation teams for quality assurance. I want to make sure that they have the tools and training they need to complete their job at the highest level and that they continue to follow safety measures to maintain our consistently high industry-safety rankings.

 

  1. If you could have any job, other than your current job, what would you be doing?

I’d be either a professional race car driver or a pro basketball player.

 

  1. What is your favorite book and why?

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. It opened my eyes to the power of financial literacy.

 

  1. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of the future with GeoLinks?

I’m excited about the limitless potential that GeoLinks possesses. Being able to see how a start-up company like ours was built into what we are today gets me excited about what is possible in the future.

 

Size Doesn’t Matter: SD-WAN Benefits Every Business Network

When you think about a wide area network (WAN), you likely picture a network covering a large geographic area, connecting smaller local area networks (LANs) at each company location. It follows, then that a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) would function similarly over an expansive, multilocation enterprise network. And, you’d be right, but not completely.

SD-WAN also delivers its signature reliability, redundancy, security and cost savings to single-site businesses. With SD-WAN, size doesn’t matter; it works wonders for every business network.

All businesses – even those with only one location — require Internet connections because their vital systems are no longer all on-premises, but reside in the cloud, including:

  • communications with voice or video calling and web collaboration
  • computing infrastructure like Microsoft Azure, Google Public Cloud or Amazon Web Services for hosting website, e-commerce sites and other applications
  • storage, backup or file-sharing applications like Dropbox or Datto
  • software applications like Microsoft Office 365 or Salesforce CRM

That’s where SD-WAN comes in, delivering connections suitable for large enterprises but affordable for agile startups.

SD-WAN offers many benefits to businesses large and small. Here are the top five:

 

  1. Cost Savings — SD-WAN creates a single network infrastructure that includes many connection types, such as cable, DSL or wireless LTE. This allows your business to replace (or reduce the use of) expensive private MPLS connections with cost-effective public Internet connections. In addition, expensive routing hardware is replaced with software that provisions connectivity from the cloud.
  2. Bandwidth Elasticity – SD-WAN also aggregates connections of any type, from any provider to enable you to boost bandwidth more economically, relieving network congestion or improving response times for applications.
  3. Enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) – Best-of breed SD-WAN provides a software-based overlay on your network to deliver central network management, automation and traffic prioritization. GeoLinks, for example, delivers SD-WAN that ensures optimal application performance with dynamic multipath optimization (DMPO) and routing capabilities, including application-aware packet link steering and on-demand remediation. In other words, GeoLinks’ SD-WAN ensures real-time applications like voice and video during phone calls and web meetings take priority over other less sensitive traffic, such as email.
  4. Business Continuity – Perhaps the single-most important benefit of SD-WAN is preventing network downtime, which can cost businesses thousands of dollars per minute. By using redundant links – often from diverse providers, SD-WAN can provide constant connections. This can be set up for a primary connection to failover to a backup link, such as LTE Wireless, which is an economical option for point-of-sale (PoS) applications in retail locations. For critical real-time traffic, multiple connections can be active at the same time so that if one fails, there’s no data loss. In an active-active scenario, you won’t even be aware an outage has occurred as your connection will never drop and quality of service is guaranteed.
  5. Improved Data Security – Many, but not all, SD-WAN solutions can mitigate security threats. GeoLinks’ solution, for example, includes an integrated firewall that provide comprehensive encryption and micro-segmentation to secure the flow of your data. In this case, site-to-site traffic can be encrypted, lowering the volume of traffic that needs to be inspected, making security easier to manage and more cost-effective.

 

GeoLinks’ SD-WAN solution also can support security features, such as restricting traffic to and from specific sites. Additionally, each SD-WAN implementation has a centralized orchestrator which will monitor your network activity and alert your business to potential problems.

Just from this short list, it’s clear that SD-WAN delivers benefits that are desirable for any size business that depends on Internet connections. And, it will even work alongside an MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) links, so you get the best of both worlds.

Not sure what you need? GeoLinks’ SD-WAN specialists can engineer an SD-WAN solution that’s right-sized for your business.

 

Ready to Experience the Benefits of SD-WAN?

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ClearFiber™ – Enterprise-Grade Internet Delivered in 7-10 Days

What to Expect in a ClearFiber™ Fixed Wireless Installation

Not sure what to expect from a fixed wireless installation?

Let’s start with an overview of fixed wireless technology. Simply put, fixed wireless provides high-speed direct Internet access using radio waves to create a point-to-point link from a wireless network tower antenna to a dish with a radio on a building roof. Because there are no underground connections involved, fixed wireless technology is deployable in a fraction of the time and cost of a standard terrestrial fiber connection.

It takes 30-60 days to install fiber and that’s only if your business location is already lit (i.e. connected to fiber). If you need to fiber to be deployed to your building, construction can delay your installation to 90-120 days and sometimes longer.

When you sign up for our award-winning ClearFiberTM fixed wireless Internet, you can get high-speed Internet service with speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) in as few as 24 hours, but typically five to 10 days.

How can we install ClearFiber fixed wireless so quickly? We’ve broken down our installation process into five easy steps, so you know what to expect before you sign on the dotted line.

 

Step 1: Qualify Service Availability

Your service request is sent through a serviceability qualification process wherein GeoLinks’ staff verify that ClearFiber fixed wireless service is available in your area.

 

Step 2: Order & Contract

Once serviceability has been confirmed, an official order request is sent to GeoLinks’ Quotes Team to prepare contracts for e-signature.

Once contracts are signed and returned to GeoLinks, an in-house project coordinator is assigned to your account and will follow-up with the following documents:

  • Roof Access Form
  • On-site Contact
  • Site Readiness Questions

 

Step 3: Pre-Installation

Once all documents are completed and submitted, your order is moved to our engineering department, where the circuit is designed to fit your business needs, based on the specs laid out in your contract.

Then, your order goes to the fulfillment department, which makes sure that we have the equipment (e.g. radios and dishes) required for the installation. The fulfillment department also pre-configures or programs the radios for your installation.

Next, our dispatch department will reach out to your on-site contact with the soonest available date time of arrival for installation.

We’ll work to meet your scheduling needs, but installation date from order confirmation is typically between five to 10 business days. We usually schedule multiple installations in the same campus on the same day. Separate locations typically are scheduled and rolled out one at a time.

 

Step 4: Installation

On the day of the installation, GeoLinks’ project coordinator will call 30 minutes in advance of our team arriving. When our in-house technicians arrive, they will meet with your point of contact and confirm that we have access to the server room and roof and secure approvals to proceed.

GeoLinks’ technicians then transport the weatherproof fixed wireless radio dish – usually two- or three-feet in diameter –to the top of your building and secure it to the roof.  To do this, we use a non-penetrating, flat mount with rubber matting between the mount and the roof to protect the roof. The mount is weighed down by bricks to keep it stable. Weatherproof CAT-5 cabling is strung from the radio dish to the handoff inside the building. We’re typically able to drop cables through the ventilation system, so that we don’t need to drill.

We take care to position the mast and dish low so that it is not noticed by passersby on the sidewalk at ground level.

The installation typically takes two to four hours. Once installed, our technicians take pictures of the radio and share them with you, so that you’re aware of the radio location without having to climb to the roof. We then conduct a speed test with you live in-person to verify the installation was successful.

Before GeoLinks’ technicians leave, we obtain a signature indicating your approval that the deployment is in working order.

 

Step 5: Post-Installation Follow Up

Following the installation, our project coordinator will send you IP information with confirmation of the successful installation. Our customer service representative will contact you to verify there are no issues and our billing department will then invoice for the installation and first month of service.

 

Contacting Support

From here on out, if you ever have a need to contact customer support, simply submit a trouble ticket at the form available at our Support page and we’ll get back to you in four hours or less.

If you have an immediate need, and support can’t wait, call us at 1.888.225.1571 to speak with a GeoLinks’ representative.

 

Ready to Get Connected Fast?

Contact a GeoLinks ClearFiber solutions specialist

 

Don’t Overlook Inbound Failover in Your Business Continuity Planning

It can happen any time. And these days, it happens too often. Maybe it’s a hurricane tearing down and overloading infrastructure. Or a wildfire. Or the third “thousand-year-flood in a row.” Maybe it’s just a construction crew with a backhoe.

Whatever the cause, your business connectivity flatlines, cutting off your organization from the rest of the world. Your on-site employees can’t access the cloud apps they need to run your operations and serve your customers. But the cost to your business is much higher than that, because the severed connection works in both directions. Suppliers can’t reach your intranet to validate inventory and fill orders, remote employees can’t access databases to do their jobs and customers can’t reach you for help.

All in, the cost of the outage is far greater than direct costs of idle employees. It’s costing you customers and brand reputation, making distributors afraid to recommend you going forward, and leaving you disadvantaged to competitors that are simply open and reachable at a time when your company is suffering an outage.

Fortunately, this hypothetical doesn’t have to be your future. New solutions can deliver affordable business continuity options to keep your operations running and competitors at bay. In fact, since few companies factor inbound continuity into their own business continuity plans, you can be in a stronger position than your competitors when an outage takes down an entire region.

 

New Tech for a New Age of Business Disruption Threats

The world is several years into meteoric adoption rates for SD-WAN, and there are no signs of uptake slowing down anytime soon. That’s for good reason, since SD-WAN can help businesses on the security, financial, operating and other fronts. Of course, the big “other” in “other fronts” is business continuity, where SD-WAN’s role in failover protection  is critical to business continuity planning.

The mantra “not all SD-WAN solutions are created equal” has become an almost cliché statement for providers with leading-edge SD-WAN solutions. But that doesn’t make it any less true. SD-WAN flexibility is vital, not just for optimizing current resources and ensuring that your failover solution actually work when you need them to, but in areas that many businesses overlook in their business continuity and disaster recovery planning—inbound failover.

Without inbound continuity, inbound traffic is limited to one connection. This means if the primary circuit drops, external sources can’t reach your site or VPN.

 

Cloud Dependence is Raising Redundancy Awareness

Every day’s a cloudy day for today’s businesses, and that’s a good thing. Cloud services have revolutionized business operations, delivering redundancy, always-updated solutions, scalability and, of course, the OpEx vs CapEX benefits that finance departments love. Extra attention to business continuity – particularly on the network side – has accompanied that adoption—and for good reason.

Way back in the olden days (you know, like, three years ago), when a company’s Internet connections went down, it was an inconvenience to the operation, but since mission-critical software was run on desktops or from on-premise servers, most company operations could continue. In today’s cloud-centric world, where even your telephone solution is an app, downtime can be devastatingly costly. So, businesses large and small have started to pay attention to terms that only their IT departments and people who wore pocket protectors in school previously cared about (or even knew), like “network redundancy,” “failover” and “business continuity.” It’s true…we’re all nerds now.

 

Inbound Failover and Business Continuity Matters, Too

But one area that’s often overlooked by today’s businesses—sometimes with catastrophic consequences – is inbound failover. With inbound continuity, static public IPs are provided between the core network and your gateway to support inbound failover for remote users and web traffic.

The right providers, with the right solutions can protect you from the consequences of inbound failure and protect you from costly outages when your company is hosting websites or applications that customers and employees rely on. Examples include:

  • Web traffic
  • E-commerce transactions
  • Remote employees
  • Supplier intranet access
  • Customer intranet access

 

Wireless Connectivity Gives Inbound Continuity Vital Diversification

Wireless connectivity options like GeoLinks ClearFiber™ offer added diversification protection that’s more resistant to construction accidents and natural disaster outages. In fact, many business and government offices rely on fixed-wireless solutions, which are better than today’s traditional fiber solutions, and then back those solutions with 4G LTE failover protection, for reliable, secure connectivity that, when paired with the right SD-WAN solution, can deliver inbound failover as well.

Military-grade encryption, greater redundancy, lower costs and failover for your inbound, not just your outbound, connections all add up to a solution that’s not just best-in-class, but smart business as well. So, when that fire, flood or backhoe takes all your wireline continuity options, your business avoids that connectivity flatline altogether, saving you productivity, reputation and your customers to boot.

 

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