CEO Raul Alcaraz to participate at 3rd annual Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program.

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) has selected 77 Latino entrepreneurs from across the United States to be a part of the third cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3). SLELP3 is a six-week program jointly developed by Stanford faculty and LBAN.  Its focus is to help Latino business owners scale – i.e., grow – their businesses. As part of this immersive six-week program, SLELP3 provides participants with valuable concepts and frameworks, enhanced access to capital, personal mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and investors, and a better understanding of the capital resources necessary to grow their businesses, create jobs, and build a stronger economy.

The applicant selection criteria was developed to rigorously filter very early stage companies and target those companies that have received market and/or investor validation. To be considered for this program, the preferred criteria for applicants is to have either generated $1 million in revenue or have raised $500k in funding. As part of the six-week program, the entrepreneurs will take a customized online course based on curriculum developed by two Stanford Professors; Huggy Rao, Stanford Graduate School of Business Faculty and Bob Sutton, Stanford School of Engineering Faculty, who are internationally recognized as experts in scaling businesses.

SLELP3 business owners are part of an elite and talented group of innovators and business leaders whose drive, work ethic, and ambition will help to grow our economy and communities acrossthe United States.

About Stanford University and LBAN Collaboration

LBAN and Stanford University collaborate on programs for Latino Entrepreneurs including the research focused Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP). LBAN endeavors to make America stronger by empowering Latino entrepreneurs to grow large businesses through entrepreneurship research, education, and networks. LBAN’s ultimate goal is to double the number of $100 million and $1 billion Latino owned businesses by 2020.

From: PRNewsWire

Crowley Lake Information Meeting Summary

This past weekend was a busy one for the residents of Mono County with Mammoth Rocks – Taste of the Sierra, but that did not deter residents from attending our information meeting on Saturday, August 27th. Leading the meeting was CEO, Raul Alcaraz, who took time to explain the various steps of fiber construction. So what goes into building a fiber network? What has RACE been up to since receiving grant approval for the “Gigafy Mono” project.

Step 1: Designing the network. At this stage, we determine the path and size of fiber cables in our network as well as identifying the size and location of connection points (where homes and businesses will hook up to). This is a long process and can take anywhere from 6-12 months to complete depending on the area size.

Step 2: Pole licensing and ordering materials. Utility poles are owned by telephone and power companies. Third party users like RACE must apply and pay a fee to attach. This is also the time we go ahead and order the materials needed for the project.

Step 3: Make-ready. This is one of the most time-consuming and expensive parts of the process accounting for up to 40% of the cost. The make-ready process consists of making room for the new lines on poles, which could involve moving cable TV up, the phone company down, or both. If the pole is too small or too full, it may need to be replaced. Replacing poles is expensive due to the involved process of setting the new pole and transferring all of the phone, TV, and power lines.

Step 4: Hang strand on utility poles. Fiber optic cables need to be supported by a steel cable, or “strand.” Installers in bucket trucks will drill a hole through the pole and install a bolt that attaches the steel strand to the pole. Then they hang the strand on the pole.

Step 5: Lash fiber cable to strand. The fiber-optic cables are attached to the strand by being lashed on with wire. This is done using a cable lasher which is pulled along the length of the fiber cable and strand.

Step 6. Add splice and connection points. Splice cases and slack loops are added at various points along the network. The splice case is where each section of the fiber optic cable is joined together, while the slack loop provides some extra fiber cable to facilitate restoration of service in the event the cable is damaged.

Step 7. Splice fiber segments. To join lengths of fiber together, a technician heats up the ends of the fiber strands and fuses them together to form a single strand.

Step 8: Install drop cables. Once the network backbone is constructed, small fiber cables are connected to the backbone and the customer’s building. These drops can be aerial or in a conduit, depending upon how the customer’s current utilities reach their home.

Step 9: Install electronics and light your network. Specialized electronics are needed at both ends of the fiber-optic cable to “light” the fiber and provide a usable Internet connection. This includes Optical Network Terminal (“ONT”) at the customer’s home or office. ONT’s typically provide multiple places to connect Internet devices and phones. Once the devices are placed, engineers program and activate the service so that it can be connected to your computer or Wi-Fi router.

In the coming weeks, our trucks will be in Crowley Lake and Sunny Slopes and we hope to turn up our first customer in November!


CPUC Approves Grant for Fiber-to-the-Home Internet to the Occidental Area

The rural community of Occidental in western Sonoma County will finally join the 21st Century with reliable, affordable, fiber-to-the-home high-speed broadband Internet.

SONOMA COUNTY – On Thursday August 18th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a grant for construction of the Race Communications Gigafy Occidental Project for fiber-to-the-home, high-speed broadband Internet to the previously unserved area west of the town of Occidental. The grant is funded by the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) administered and managed by the CPUC.

The project covers approximately 5 square miles of hilly terrain with very tall redwood forests and highly dispersed homes, vineyards and small farms. The complex terrain makes it unfeasible to bring broadband Internet to the community using anything other than a fiber solution.

The approval of the project represents the result of a determined effort by members of the community to bring broadband access to the approximately 500 households in this rural area. The community organized public meetings with the CPUC and coordinated letters of support from local businesses, public safety officials and local schools. In addition, almost half of the community wrote personal letters of support detailing their business, health, education and other needs for Internet. The community also worked with the CPUC to run speed tests and map the area to document unserved status. Community organizers surveyed residents to verify that the vast majority of households would subscribe to the service. This assisted Race and the CPUC to justify the need and business case for the project.

Access Sonoma Broadband (ASB) and the North Bay/North Coast Broadband Consortium actively supported the community and helped stimulate its grass roots efforts. It also took on the role of working with supervisors, legislators and government officials to win their support. Michael Nicholls, Co-Chair of ASB commented, “Our experience in Occidental with community organizing and government outreach has given us a framework for replicating this success in other North Bay communities.”

Race is based in the San Francisco Bay area and has a successful track record of delivering fiber solutions to rural communities that are both affordable and sustainable. “Access to high-speed broadband continues to be one of the most challenging issues facing rural areas in California.” Said Race CEO, Raul Alcaraz. “As a native of the Bay Area, I care deeply about our local communities. Our team is proud to work with the CPUC, ASB and local community organizers to deliver fiber-based solutions that are good for the community and sustainable as a long-term business.”


RaceTV is now available!

RaceTV has been a highly anticipated product and we are happy to announce that we are now accepting orders from customers in Stallion Springs and Boron as well as other existing markets. At this time we are offering one TV package with a second package coming this fall.

The price for our new RaceTV package is $95* a month as a stand alone product and includes up to 300 HD-channels. For the full channel line-up please see the link below or visit our services page on the RACE website. RACE also offers a bundle for $180* that includes all of our top of the line packages (Gigafy Me, Unlimited Phone and Expanded RaceTV) as well as the necessary equipment.

With features such as “Catch Up” and “Restart”, you won’t have to worry about missing your favorite shows. “Catch UP” allows you to go back and watch programming you missed while “Restart” lets you start a live episode from the beginning.
Have more than one TV? RACE will provide one complimentary DVR box and homeowners will be able to rent additional set top boxes ($7/each) for up to 4 additional TVs. You don’t need a DVR box for each TV to record tonight’s episode of “American Idol”. With one DVR box, you can record up to 5 shows at once.

RaceTV requires a 1-year contract to waive the $150 installation fee. If you are interested in signing up for RaceTV, give us a call today to get started. 877-722-3833

Our full channel line-up can be found here


RACE is coming!

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Saturday when RACE held their informational meeting for Bear Valley Springs residents. Perhaps that is what lead to such a great turn out, or perhaps it was due to the fact that the community is in such need for reliable broadband services and RACE seems to be the solution residents have been waiting for. Lead by CEO, Raul Alcaraz, the meeting provided a lot of helpful information for the community.

Alcaraz explained in detail why certain areas are not included in the maps found online and how the project areas are determined using standards set by the CPUC. The area removed from the initial application includes the top of Bear Valley (Deertrail, Paramount, Starland). However, RACE hopes to provide service to this area in the future as a 100% self-funded project. Alcaraz also dispelled rumors that the funds granted to the company were running out and that the company WILL be providing service to the areas shown in the service maps found on the company website.

RACE has awarded contracts to local contractors to begin the buildout of the project starting by their POP (point-of-presence) right outside Stallion Springs on Banducci. Construction crews will begin working down Banducci up Pellisier and along 202 making their way to the gate of Bear Valley Springs. Residents in the area can expect to see crews working within the next 2-3 weeks, and RACE hopes to begin installs in the area in late fall of 2016.

Attendees pointed out the missed deadlines set forth by RACE previously, and RACE understands the frustrations. RACE is building brand-new infrastructure and as is to be expected with construction, delays can and have occurred, especially in regards to permits and unexpected issues such as replacement of utility poles. Based on previous experience with other communities such as Boron and Stallion Springs, the expected timeline to have all zones up and running in Bear Valley Springs is 8-16 months.

Bear Valley Springs has been divided into 12 zones (not including Cummings Valley and Fairview Ranches). To see the zones and their designated borders, please visit our zoomable map or see below:


For more information on construction questions regarding homes, visit our FAQ page at

RACE construction meeting in BVS

Come to The Whiting Center to learn more about what’s next!

Thank you for considering Race as your next Internet provider. Many residents in the area have reached out about service from us, and we know that many of you want to know more about what is going on with construction and about service in Bear Valley Springs.

On Saturday 6/25, our team will be holding an informational meeting for everyone in Bear Valley Springs.

It is a great opportunity for you to have a one-on-one conversation with members of our construction team and get answers to any questions you may have about the company, our products and services as well as construction.

The meeting will be held at the Whiting Center at 3:00pm on Saturday 6/25/2016. If you would like more information on the event, please call us at 877-722-3833 or visit our Events page on Facebook to let us know you’re interested in attending.


Head out on the highway! The difference between 25Mbps and 1000Mbps

Whether you’re gaming, binging Netflix or video-conferencing in to an important meeting, Race Communications offers consistent, seamless performance at the speed of light. Race keeps it simple by offering two plans, our Basic Broadband+ and Gigafy Me plans, but what is the difference and which plan should you choose?

Imagine driving down a highway heading to your favorite restaurant. You’re cruising down the road going as fast as your car will take you. As you’re driving, more and more cars are entering the highway. If you’re driving on a two-lane highway, you will notice that you have to slow down as traffic increases. This is your Basic Broadband+ plan. If you live in a smaller household this is a dependable plan that provides speeds up to 25Mbps in both directions.

Our Gigafy Me plan on the other hand, is like a four lane highway. It can handle more traffic without you slowing down. At 1,000 megabits per second, bottlenecks are gone, no matter how many computers, video streams, game consoles and smartphones you have going at once.

If you’re an active Internet user or would like to work from home, we recommend selecting the gigabit plan from Race Communications for optimal performance.