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Thomas Fire Updates

Thomas Fire Updates

The Thomas Fire is a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The fire began north of Santa Paula, near Steckel Park and Thomas Aquinas College, on December 4, 2017. It has burned approximately 252,500 acres thus far, making it already the fourth-largest wildfire in modern California history, destroying at least 930 structures, damaging more than 200 others; and forcing upwards of 100,000 residents to evacuate.

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(Ryan Cullom / Ventura County Fire Department photo)

GeoLinks has hundreds of telecom towers located throughout the Ventura, Santa Barbara and LA counties that provide service to thousands of both urban and rural families. Within just hours of the fires’ inception, the GeoLinks’ team sprang into action, literally battling flames as they worked relentlessly to rebuild burnt down sites and restore service.

“Driving through Ventura was pretty surreal, lots of smoke and multiple fires visible from the street. Driving up to the actual tower was disheartening at first, just because of how much was burned; one of the posts holding up the gate was completely destroyed leaving the gate lying on the ground. It was there where we first noticed a fence post smoking…but we continued on.

The view on the drive up was hindered by smoke, we couldn’t see the ocean, or even the Crown Plaza. That’s when everything really hit me… to know we were celebrating and having fun on Saturday at GeoLinks’ holiday party just a couple miles away, and now we were dealing with the horrible fallout of this natural disaster. It was a wild juxtaposition of mindsets to comprehend just over the span of a few days…

From the top of the mountain, the view was incredible, in a very somber way. Smoke spread in every direction, winds whipping sand and ash all around us. Although, we knew what we were doing was important, so we got to work and had the completely destroyed site back up and running in just a couple hours. We then started our trek back down the mountain when we noticed that same smoking fence had grown to multiple enflamed posts threatening the surrounding area. We immediately turned around, went back to the tower site where we had stored a fire extinguisher, and returned to put out the fires. It was a real-life example of how quickly these fires can spread…” — Personal Account Shared from GeoLinks’ Infrastructure Technician.

To date, the GeoLinks team has already repaired 12 destroyed sites throughout Ventura and Ojai accounting for more than 500 square miles of coverage area. However, the Thomas Fire continues to wreak havoc at only 35% containment requiring the GeoLinks’ team to continue to work around the clock to maintain service.

Outside of the field, many GeoLinks employees have been personally affected by the fire as well, some even losing their homes. Ultimately, this ongoing natural disaster has affected both the company and surrounding communities in every way possible.

Check back soon for further updates, but in the meantime please visit the below link if you wish to support and give back to those directly affected by the Thomas Fire. Created by GeoLinks’ employees Lexie Olson and Lindsey Ditchfield, 100% of proceeds of these “Ventura County Strong” shirts will be donated to Ventura County residents directly affected by the Thomas Fire.

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GeoLinks Makes the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 50 Fastest-Growing Companies List

GeoLinks Makes the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 50 Fastest-Growing Companies List

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GeoLinks Ranks No. 6 on the 2017 Pacific Coast Business Time’s Annual 50 Fastest-Growing Companies List with Revenue Growth Recorded at 340%.

CAMARILLO, CA (PRWEB) OCTOBER 03, 2017

GeoLinks, an industry-leading Internet and Phone provider, earned the No. 6 spot on the Pacific Coast Business Times’ (PCBT) 50 Fastest-Growing Companies list released Friday, September 22, 2017. Proudly serving the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, the PCBT’s annual list highlights the 50 fastest growing companies, both public and privately owned, across California’s Central Coast.

Ranked by revenue growth from 2014-2016, this year’s list highlights GeoLinks alongside other nationally recognized companies such as MindBody, Patagonia, Deckers Brands, Procore, and Sonos. While listed as No. 6 overall, GeoLinks took the No. 1 spot for fastest growing telecommunications company in this year’s round-up.

“This has been a monumental year for GeoLinks,” said GeoLinks’ CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “From officially earning our CLEC and public utility status in May, to rebranding and launching nationally in June, to making the Inc. 5000 list and being appointed to the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group in August, I’m excited to say that this is really just the beginning of our projected growth. As a locally founded company, this recognition significantly resonates with the entire GeoLinks’ team. Our first customers were in Ojai and Ventura. The vast majority of our staff lives locally. Our kids go to school throughout the Tri-Counties. Ultimately, we wouldn’t have achieved such accelerated growth without our community’s support. That being said, this is not only a big win for GeoLinks, but it’s a huge shout out to all of those who have believed in us along the way.”

Recording more than 100% growth in annual revenue for the past six consecutive years, and on track for its seventh, GeoLinks’ accelerated success also earned the No. 5 spot on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Telecommunications Company in America released in August of 2017.

The PCBT’s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies will be honored at an evening gala reception hosted at Santa Barbara’s new Moxi Museum on October 19th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For media inquiries or additional information, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks.com.

About GeoLinks

Headquartered in Southern California, GeoLinks is a leading Internet and Phone provider and competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) public utility, nationally recognized for its innovative Internet and Hosted Voice solutions. Ranked No. 5 by category on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America, GeoLinks delivers Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, Hosted Voice, and both Public and Private Turnkey Network Construction expertly tailored for businesses and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

GeoLinks’ accelerated success is largely due to its flagship product, ClearFiber™, which offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. From land procurement, to construction, to permitting, and more, GeoLinks does everything in-house, expediting installation periods nationwide. Boasting ultra-low latency, 99.99% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4-hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on delivering the industry’s best Service Level Agreement backed by round-the-clock in-house customer support.

Recognized as a thought-leader in closing the digital divide, GeoLinks proudly sits on an array of national boards, coalitions, and working groups including the Schools, Healthcare & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, the Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast(BPPC), and the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s (BDAC) Streamlining Federal Siting Working Group.

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Local internet service provider relocates to Camarillo, creates job openings

Local internet service provider relocates to Camarillo, creates job openings

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A local internet service provider is expanding throughout the region and aims to become one of Ventura County’s leading technology businesses.

GeoLinks, which was created by Ventura resident Skyler Ditchfield in 2011, began as a two-person team interested in providing internet service to rural residents overlooked by the nation’s larger internet service providers. Since then, GeoLinks has hired over 50 employees and shifted its focus to providing internet packages to large businesses, including Amgen Inc. and several regional McDonald’s restaurants.

Although the privately-owned company’s internet services are largely restricted to businesses, GeoLinks’ continued growth has resulted in a steady stream of job openings for people with technology and customer service skills, according to Ditchfield.

“We started with two people, have over 50 now and are still hiring nonstop,” Ditchfield said in an interview. “We’ve got everything from sales opportunities to customer service, to field tech opportunities, installation and infrastructure technicians, help desk and eventually those jobs can open up to middle and upper-level positions in the company.”

The Camarillo-based business relocated from Ventura to 251 Camarillo Ranch Road last week to house its rapidly growing staff. The building, which was previously owned by mobile video game developer Zindagi Games Inc., includes amenities such as an exercise facility, basketball court, game room and kitchen. GeoLinks’ expanded office matches its growing coverage. The business services companies from northern Ventura County to San Diego and is beginning to spread to other states, such as Arizona.

Beyond job opportunities, Ditchfield considers GeoLinks’ expansion to be an important example of how local businesses can provide compelling alternatives to national companies. Ditchfield stressed that customer service played a major role in his company’s success, and said that GeoLinks’ local focus allowed the business to thrive despite competition from larger internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon.

“People are fed up with the poor customer service and tech support from the big guys,” Ditchfield said in an interview. “The whole methodology is to get off the phone and move you away, while we’re actually trying to solve the problem. Customer service is why we win (business) accounts, so it’s incredibly important to us that we maintain that level of service.”

Going forward, GeoLinks aims to begin providing internet options to California residents, as opposed to just businesses, in early 2018, with a particular focus on rural communities. For more information about the business, visit GeoLinks’ website.

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GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield is shown at the basketball court in the new building the company recently moved into in Camarillo. The local internet company is expanding and hopes to provide internet services to individuals as well as businesses. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield talks about the expansion of the internet service business. The company was launched in 2011 as a two-person enterprise and now has over 50 people working at its Camarillo facility. It is continuing to expand and hire. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

The sales and marketing department of GeoLinks in Camarillo is a busy place. The local internet service provider is expanding and hiring more staff. After starting a a provider of internet services to rural areas not served by the bigger companies it it now focused on serving business like Amgen Inc. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

The GeoLinks recreation room has pool tables at the new building the internet service provider recently relocated to in Camarillo. The internet company is expanding after moving from Ventura. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield is shown near the main conference room of the company’s new building in Camarillo. The internet company is expanding and hiring as it focuses on providing internet services to area businesses. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield talks about the company’s expansion and the new headquarters it recently moved into in Camarillo. After starting in 2011 with two people, the internet service provider now has more than 50 employees and anticipates more hiring. CHUCK KIRMAN/THE STAR

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California Internet Expands Nationally Rebranding as GeoLinks

California Internet Expands Nationally Rebranding as GeoLinks

Southern California’s fastest growing B2B ISP California Internet expands nationally relocating company headquarters and changing company name to GeoLinks.

VENTURA, CA (PRWEB) JUNE 13, 2017

California’s fastest growing B2B ISP, California Internet LP, is excited to officially announce its new brand name, GeoLinks. The company’s rebranding coincides with a variety of notable company milestones including its official launch into the national market, induction as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) public utility and headquarter relocation.

“We’ve reached a pivotal moment in GeoLinks’ history,” shared GeoLinks Chief Revenue Officer Phillip Deneef. “We chose to migrate away from the name California Internet due to overwhelming demand pulling our company outside of state borders. Wanting a name that isn’t geographically correlated, we ultimately decided on GeoLinks—Geo meaning Earth in Latin and Links because we are linking the world with the most advanced connectivity available today.”

With the company’s accelerated growth, GeoLinks officially welcomed its 50th employee in June and expects to employ upwards of 100 within the next 18 months. In effect, GeoLinks is thrilled to simultaneously announce its national headquarters are moving to Camarillo, California. The recently acquired 38,000 sq ft office building, previously home to Zynga Games, features a fully equipped employee gym, basketball court, spacious kitchen, break room, and much more.

“Our new office is a direct representation of our cutting-edge company culture,” said GeoLinks CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “In addition to the incredible amenities, I plan on bringing a wellness coach and private chef on board to promote health and wellness throughout the entire staff. I am very aware of the fact that we spend more than one-third of our lives at work these days so it’s important to me to give back to my team by creating a fun work environment that makes them eager to come to work every day. GeoLinks is bringing ‘Silicon-Valley Style’ to Ventura County.”

What’s next for the booming ISP? With Ditchfield and GeoLinks’ instrumental lobbying efforts in the recent passing of AB-1665 Telecommunications: California Advanced Services Fund, otherwise known as the Internet For All Act (IFAN), and GeoLinks’ California Public Utilities Commission Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity, GeoLinks will continue to expand coverage and service offerings while developing strategic partnerships with national carriers and federal level agencies such as HUD, the Department of Interior and the Department of Education.

“The certificate from the California PUC is an important step for GeoLinks as it allows it to not only provide fast Internet service to customers but also Voice over Internet Protocol services,” said its regulatory counsel, former CPUC and FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong. “This certificate makes GeoLinks eligible to provide E-rate Internet and voice services to eligible schools, libraries and health care providers under the FCC program, and to provide California Teleconnect Fund services under the CPUC public purpose program. Given a goal of the company is to help bridge the digital divide for rural schools and libraries, this is an important milestone.”

GeoLinks assures customers and partners that its underlying corporate identity will remain unchanged for all legal and regulatory purposes issuing no major alterations to their contracts, support or contact information.

For media inquiries, interview requests or to schedule an office tour, please contact Lexie Olson at lolson(at)geolinks(dot)com.

About GeoLinks:

Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless ISP in Los Angeles, California. With immediate access to Southern California, GeoLinks services the largest coverage area of any single provider in California delivering enterprise-grade internet, layer 2 transport, and turnkey construction that is expertly tailored for all businesses and Anchor Institutions such as hospitals, libraries and schools.

With industry leading installation times, GeoLinks’ flagship service, ClearFiber™, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting Sub 25MS latency, 99.99% uptime, sub 4ms jitter, and a 4-hour max repair time, GeoLinks is proud to offer the state’s best industry service level agreement.

Amongst its many accolades, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Servicing thousands of businesses across the state, GeoLinks officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

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