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    Computers, Wine, Tom's and Rexes bar, energy efficiency, dynamic carpooling.
  1. Thank you Titanium and NLU. We are at 212 pledges. Please continue to spread the word!
  2. All, We are at about 195 pledges. Looking good! A couple of town hall meetings will also announce soon. An ad will run in next week's Reporter. Here's a copy of it. Feel free to print and share with interested parties. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Yqhy1G6NJMN3NlcVZ1aHlmei1QRjB4RFZxd0JRSEludnlZ/view?usp=sharing Tom Kessler
  3. Gents, To answer some of the points in the most recent posts: - Ilox wasn't begging to come in here. They happen to run a fiber ring through Joco on the way to Guad. Which gives them a good opportunity to serve the market. They were focused on higher growth opportunities elsewhere. But there's been enough interest that we've got their attention. That was my objective. Thanks everyone for signing up and those who haven't still can. No obligation. Additional points on the map to show interested customers are needed for planning and are very welcome. - Thankfully the company does have the money to finance the build-out themselves. Their request for 300 prepaid contracts is a fraction of the investment. They've put a couple of other networks in other places and the payback / purchasing power of those areas didn't result as fast as expected. Do you fault them about asking the locals for some skin in the game? - They are a federally licensed carrier and the final contracts will contain additional escrow / guaranty provisions. They are not going to risk their national concession on a couple of hundred residential contracts. - Since we have shown enougn interest, Lakeside presentations will be announced and start soon, There, you'll be able to address any concerns you have. - I don't get the comments about Telmex. They are another carrier with another owner. Mexico has opened its telecom markets. There's competition. Help foster it and good things can happen. Imagine a Lakeside with high speed fiber. A dream come true for many. Thanks all for your support. Tom
  4. All, So far we have 128 signups. About 43% of the goal to show there is enough interest to make the business case to build out a network. . If you have already signed up, please tell your friends and neighbors. Getting the word out and explaining to someone else why they need sign up is as important as doing it yourself. In high density urban areas, like Guadalajara and Mexico City, fiber optic Internet is a no brainer. In areas like Lakeside, there are a lot of people on fixed incomes, many don't need high speed Internet. There are a lot of weekend homes. If the interested people at Lakeside who have the purchasing power and need for high speed internet don't speak up and show their interest, the carriers will continue to ignore or misunderstand the true opportunity of the area. Please note I have no financial ties or interest with Ilox or any other carrier. Just an interested homeowner wanting high speed service myself and the property value increase having good infrastructure will bring. thanks, Tom Kessler
  5. Gents, I'm travelling at the moment and will try to answer some of these questions best I can. Am working on better answers - Ilox willingness to deploy from Joco is roughly based on the need to have 15 subscribers/km to trigger the capital expense buildout . Their investment is much higher than that, but thats what they feel they need ensure they don't get stuck with an underutilized investment. Purchasing power in many parts of Mexico is not as high as it is here and they have to be careful. If they can get the signups they'll keep going beyond Ajijic towards Chapala. -Mtatl questions are good ones and we're working on their precise answers. In the Internet carrier world there are two kinds of service, dedicated and shared. Ilox provides high quality dedicated service to enterprise grade customers, with world class redundant grade standards. Within Mexico they provide carrier transit service to other carriers. Mtatls questions thus are focused on not what they can provide, but what will they provide for the consumer shared service customers. Those are good questions for the town hall meetings. In Zamora their GPON network is getting good reviews. I don't see any connection between getting more answers and signing up now to express your interest in getting high speed service, which carries no obligation and will only help us show there really is a business case for Ilox or other providers to be out here. So far we're at about 110 signups, only a third of what is needed.
  6. Mexican investments questions

    I've been in Mexico 36 years and I can tell you the currency risk from the peso is too high. Only equities in solid companies, or real estate, assuming you don't overpay, are good areas to compensate. The pure Peso is a suckers game. You can open a Cetes account directly with the government at Cetesdirecto.com and avoid commissions.
  7. Ilox capital investment justification is based on 300 prepaid signups of the triple play package for the first year, and that is the only offering available for now. After that their service offerings will normalize; include the less expensive offerings, and one can cancel or downgrade. If you own property in the area, consider the benefits of being an early adopter and watching your home value increase, even if you're getting more than you need or want the first year.
  8. Thank you Computer Guy...Peter, the standard package is 75 mb down, 18.75 up the 1st year. There's also 250 down, 63.5 Mb up. Theres also full commercial service up to 1 Gb symmetrical. There is no obligation or investment to pledge...If they don't know your interest, we can't get to the next step.
  9. All, Please note have no business or economic ties to Ilox and am not receiving compensation for this effort, except for the hope that property values will keep going up, since I am a homeowner. I would like to have higher speed service at my property. My contribution to this has been in getting the sign up and FAQ forms done hopefully so we can get a critical mass of interested parties. After that Ilox will take over. You are welcome to contact Ilox at the contact info in the FAQ. Also please note the current contracts are drafted for the case where Ilox is currently providing service. They are reviewing for the case where service is not yet provided but will be, and all your comments and concerns there are welcome. We decided to release what we have because we didn't want to wait any longer. As for the coverage cities, Ilox has operated in Michoacan for years as Tele Rey and most of their infrastructure there is Cable TV. In Zamora, they've installed all GPON fiber which is very reliable and high quality service. Their other focus is enterprise customers. You are welcome to check them out. BR, Tom Kessler
  10. The FAQ gives the links to the Spanish and English contracts which specify all that. The FAQ also provides the link to the federally tariffed service here: https://www.ilox.mx/iloxhogar/index.php/paquetes/14-servicios/68-triples2 . Contracting service here would be no different from signing with say Telmex or Telecable. Installation and maintenance charges are assumed included. Maybe applicable to an extraordinary case and would be before contract signature. I'll check and advise.
  11. Its in the FAQ. Ilox has a national agreement with CFE to use their poles, the contract is there in a link in the FAQ. Every year there is a census taken and the compensation paid. The $9948 MXN prepaid 1st year contract covers all installation. There are no additional charges. But do understand, this is why they are trying to gauge interest first. If there's enough interest, they'll execute the contracts, raise the triigger money, and make the rest of the capital investment themselves. Some developments may have underground services and rights to use those will need to be cleared.
  12. Read the FAQ. The company is a registered federal carrier that has been in business for 22 years and currently provides high quality service in Zamora and other Bajio cities. However your point is why we are asking for pledges first. If enough people are interested, it'll go to contracts, and provide guarantee of returned monies if the project does not consummate. The current contracts the company has registered, where they already offer service, in English and Spanish versions, are posted in the FAQ and are registered with Profeco. The capital investment required to extend to Lakeside is significant, but because they already have the fiber ring crossing at Joco, is not too onerous. They need about 15 guaranteed 1 yr contracts per Km beyond Joco towards Chapala to trigger their internal justification. Critical review of the current contracts and suggestions are welcome.
  13. Hello everyone, its official ! Ilox Communications, a federally licensed telecom carrier, who already runs a high speed fiber optic ring crossing the Chapala highway at Jocotepec, will extend their high speed GPON fiber-to-the-home network to Chapala if we can get enough pledges. They need about 300 prepaid 1yr contracts costing $9948 MXN for the year to extend to Ajijic. Service includes 50 Mb Internet (75 mb 1st year), a Chapala phone number with optional 2nd number anywhere in NA, and many TV channels. After the contract expires there is no obligation to continue service. Read all about it at the FAQ here: https://goo.gl/CsE574 and the Sign-up form here:https://goo.gl/2kHdeE . There is no legal obligation to pledge. If you are a real estate agent or developer and need service for your properties please be sure to sign up and so indicate. Note I have no business or economic ties to Ilox and am not receiving compensation for this effort, except for the hope that property values will keep going up, since I am a homeowner. I would like to have higher speed service at my property. Tom Kessler
  14. Pegboard is obsolete and you'll go crazy trying to find it... Its been replaced by Slat Board..(Tabla Ranurada in Spanish) .which you can get about anywhere along with hooks, hanging solutions, etc...
  15. Gents, Some responses to the most recent comments: - No collections planned for large amounts of money. Any payment would be one time on the Telmex bill as part of the agreement to contribute. - Telmex prioritizes capital projects per their budget and natural expansion in the area. There are parts of Rancho del Oro and western Ajijic undergoing natural growth, which may trigger an expansion project anyway. But currently Ajijic office says nothing scheduled for this area. - Only 10 people have signed up so far. We need about 100 willing to pay at least 3000 pesos one time. I'm working on the form providing feedback on no. of sign ups. - If you are close to Rancho del Oro / Villa Nova and wish to sign up, just add a note on your colonia. - I've heard mixed comments about Telecable service in the area. Orygun Duck what speeds are you getting? Tom