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  1. tkessler

    Ilox Subscription Update

    Gents, Sorry I've been travelling on business in Monterrey and just saw this thread. Wow...what a huge amount of rumor mongering! So lets set the record straight: The project is going very well. Nothing has been cancelled nor is there any indication it will be, au contraire, about 5 to 10 people keep paying in daily and 6 gated communities have lined up banging on the door for contractor quotes. There seems to be a lot of emphasis on how many have paid in, etc...well...yes, people take a while to get to the bank....and it takes a while for people to get their data in correctly and get their contracts...and yes a lot of the high income folks are in gated communities that have infrastructure obstacles, and all that was exactly the reason Ilox wanted to see a few hundred people paid up showing skin in the game...and I expect we'll be there pretty soon. The email based pledge process has been cumbersome...mail goes to spam folders, people send in smudgy ID's, language issues..etc... but its all getting worked just fine. Here is the link to signup instructions with some needed clarifications. If you've pledged and wish to continue, please just follow the instructions: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NFc0OPJEE5PT6GlPMHvq5V4f05hV7zUq If you have pledged and are expecting to hear something and haven't, we are starting to follow up with all the stragglers to see what is going on. But please take the initiative if you can and follow the instructions. Let me reiterate for all those that think Ilox should be doing more...They didn't ask to come to Ajijic. My group and I asked them to come here. Because their high speed fiber optic ring happens to go right through Jocotepec. Because they're a business grade carrier who's been around 22 years with the lowest complaint level in the country. Because Telmex wouldn't give us the time of day. All they asked is for a few hundred people to show enough interest to seed the project. The amount of money that will raise is but a fraction of the investment required. Can anyone blame them? When we reach the paid-in, Ilox will commit internally to the project, open an office, start marketing, etc. Until then its incumbent upon us to welcome them. Please join me in signing up. Ilox is a federal carrier with an impeccable record. The deposit contract has been reviewed by several lakeside attorneys who have given a clean bill of health. Your money is safe. thanks, Tom Kessler
  2. tkessler

    Fiber Optics

    Per Jessica Avila at Ilox, there does exist a such a filed tariff but it is not active and not being offered at Lakeside at this time. We have to get the initial prepaids done and the network buildout started. Once we get over that hurdle and a good mass of signups, who knows, maybe other business cases can be made. The current Double 50 package @ $7188 MXN/Yr is very competitive. Thats only about $33 USD per month .
  3. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    All, signups for the Ilox Fiber Optic Internet project are going well. Here is a link to updated instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HyMYOrsTv7vPYnTISRI3w8NrVcu6fL22P92dwyxG8UY/edit Please consider signing up! Tom
  4. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    What they really need is the signed hard copies of the contract and deposit agreement. If you don't include copies of your ID and proof of domicile they'll print them off from your email to complete the file...
  5. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    Tom, If you have signed up then go ahead and send a copy of your official ID, proof of address, and reconfirmation of the plan you want to: info@mail.tvrey.com.mx. They will return personalized contracts to you and Bancomer payment voucher. Once you pay, the hard copies will need to get to Ilox. For convenience, we've established a dropsite where you can leave them: Effective today. Prepaid signups can leave their signed hard copy contracts at "Ishop and Mail" in San Antonio (close to Super Lake). for recollection and forwarding to Ilox in GDL. These should contain: 1) Signed Contract and Guaranty agreement 2) Copy of Legal ID and proof of domicile 3) Copy of Bancomer payment voucher These should be in an envelope addressed to: Ilox Telecom Attn: Lic Jessica Avila Av. Lázaro Cárdenas No. 3675 Col. Chapalita C.P. 45040 Zapopan, Jal. Please help get the word out! Tom
  6. tkessler

    High Speed Internet Proposal

    Thank you Ickytoes, couldn't say it better myself. The investment Ilox needs to make for a major fiber buildout at Lakeside is several multiples of what they will raise with the prepayment, the latter is really just to demonstrate a reasonable level of interest. Fortunately we're at almost 500 pledges, so we just need a good fraction of those folks to follow through, which they're doing, and we'll be there. We are really lucky that Ilox routed their fiber ring between Guad and Queretaro right through Joco. Lakeside was not in their 5 year capital spending plan. That is why there is no lakeside office yet, and why the signup pledge process is a little cumbersome.... Tom
  7. tkessler

    High Speed Internet Proposal

    Vetteforron, Sorry I stand corrected. My bad. I talked to Jessica and she said it would be while before they can get a buildout done in Roca Azul. She said it won't happen this first round...If you can in the meantime organize as many residents as you can that will help.... Tom
  8. tkessler

    High Speed Internet Proposal

    @Vetteforron, something is being misinterpreted badly. I believe the club in Roca Azul contracted Ilox service some time ago and that is the cable they are installing now. That one cable has to go a long way from their current termination box, and its not possible to tap or derive connections from existing fiber runs, unless the end customer wants to share with you at his router level (unlikely). However, several folks have signed up prepaid in Roca Azul, I count 7 so fare; there should be enough interest to justify a capital expansion in the development. You should talk with Jessica about connecting with those signups and getting the word out to the rest of the development so they can put in a distribution box there. I would guess 15 or 20 signups would be enough as the capital build out seed costs are roughly 13 subscribers / km and they will definitely be putting in a derivation from the Joco / Chapala highway junction. If you can get 10 people to go for the 250 mb package the first year that should do it. Note this is a fraction of the investment required. What Ilox wants to see is a little skin in the game from the residents. Do you blame them? @ Bedbug: Sorry you haven't gotten a response. I've gotten a few mails complaining of that and everytime I drill down its either wrong address, bounced server, or maybe a language issue. The response to the effort has exceeded expectations and Ilox is ramping up resources to address. A lakeside expansion project was not in Ilox capital spending plans, but we have shown them the purchasing power is here. Ilox has an engineer that has begun assisting developments with underground ducts. Here is his contact data: RMS INGENIERIA ELECTROMECANICA, ING. JESUS MONTES CASTELLANO Tel. 3313488300. I will also PM you Lyle Zeiglar's contact data, who is leading the Los Sabinos effort. BR, Tom
  9. tkessler

    Induction Range

    I'd say go for it. I am planning to convert to induction just as soon as my solar panels install. Will be nice to get away from propane. If you go to Ecuador you can buy them cheap. There the whole country is converting.
  10. tkessler

    High Speed Internet Proposal

    John, here's the address from their website: Ilox Telecom Av. Lázaro Cárdenas No. 3675 Col. Chapalita C.P. 45040 Zapopan, Jal. You can mail it in..The emailed docs do suffice on a certain level but we're in Mexico and the signed paper is best.
  11. tkessler

    High Speed Internet Proposal

    Ed and John, Thanks for taking the lead here.... You are correct on the Bancomer payment.. When Ilox sends you your contracts, they provide a Bancomer account and reference number at the bottom of the deposit agreement. This is what you take to the Bancomer teller with your payment. Then you send in your scanned signed contracts and receipt to Ilox. They also need the originals delivered to their office in GDL so they can get you back a fully signed original. .Here's the official update on how things are going. Hi Everyone, Here's an update on the Ilox situation. Things are going well, but there have been some communications issues. Email in particular may sometimes bounce or not be received. In some cases, people have complained of no response but no signup record has been registered. - We are at 480 pledges. Of those 100 have received contracts and completed payment or in the process of doing so. If you have not pledged and wish to do so, here's the link to the signup form: https://goo.gl/2kHdeE and the FAQ: https://goo.gl/CsE574 - The remaining 380 are a mixture of cases . Some replied to Iloxreconfirmation requests with a barrage of questions, with incomplete or missing data, bounced emails, have missing signup entries, or sent responses that have not been received. Its all over the map,Ilox will go through these one by one and contact you individually. Thanks for your patience while they work through this. They have three people assigned to working through the backlog. - If you responded to the Ilox reconfirmation request mail, and have not received a response, please resend it to info@mail.tvrey.com.mx. Make sure it includes a legible copy of your official ID, proof of domicile, plan election, and whether your development receives services via undergrounds ducts or uses CFE poles. Feel free to copy or message me and I'll follow up too. If you sent in this information, you should receive back from ILOX your personalized contracts and a Bancomer payment reference number. BR, Tom Kessler .
  12. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    Sunfan, I translated my contracts on Google Xlate...here they are... https://goo.gl/GbESao Tom
  13. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    BestSideoftheWall : I too have concerns. One of which is customer service after the fact. To do a one year contract and then have it go out all the time isn't smart. I am more than willing to sign up monthly until they prove dependability long enough for me to feel a year long contract isn't a risk. Your concern is understandable, but you should also know that GPON fiber-to-the-home networks are inherently much more reliable than copper or coax cable. You can read about HERE or google it. Ilox is an enterprise grade carrier with proven track record. We are the lucky ones because their fiber ring with provides carrier grade services to central Mexico crosses at Jocotepec. Mexjerry: There has been a lot of interest from San Antonio and Riberas. The initial build out will extend to Riberas. Chapala will probably come on line after the prepaid phase. Tom
  14. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    Thank you, Tom. But why should we be chasing them, screaming "Take my money?" If you are trying to live, communicate, or do business from Lakeside in this day and age, you likely need high speed Internet. The status quo (aka Telmex) has not responded. Many have petitioned Fred, including me. The only response I got to my communications was the sound of chirping crickets So an incentive was thought to be needed. Thats why. Let them tell us what they have to offer in services and infrastructure needs, and a lot more of us will then throw our money at them once we have an informed opinion. They did and have, in the FAQ and links to their service offering. The FAQ is several pages long. What else would you like to know? Tell me and I'll add it. Hey, I'm not trying to be a d!ck here, I just like to know what I'm getting when I fork over some coin. As such, I'm looking forward to the Telmex meeting on Thursday. Good luck with that. And, in my experience from 11+ years here, there is a lot more money in the wallets of retirees here than just from Social Security cheques. My experience has been the same, but not everyone knows that. Assuming they do can be a big mistake.
  15. tkessler

    Fiber optics

    Fred, Ilox' focus is in Mexican domestic economy and they have more lucrative build out opportunities in business Internet services elsewhere. . Do you see any other carriers falling over themselves to provide service? The reality is the perception of a lot of Mexicans of lakeside, fair or not, is a bunch of retirees without much purchasing power living on their Social Security checks. Ilox happen to have a business grade fiber ring that goes through Joco, they can add Ajijic for a few million pesos investment. We need to help them do that, not expect them to beef up their marketing. We've opened their eyes. We are at 461 pledges. 200 was the magic number to show them there's enough local interest . There are another few hundred interested people standing around and watching to see if others take the plunge. Cmon, its not any different than in the US. Rural areas and smaller communities all over the world are clamoring for high speed broadband and sometimes they just need a little coaxing. We need to welcome Ilox with open arms and not like they've won the Tiger Raffle. . Homeowners in private developments with underground ducts need to get together and figure out how to give them access. Can you imagine how attractive Lakeside will be with fiber optic Internet? BR, Tom