Record numbers and AGM coming in June!

Dear ESIS subscribers,
We are thrilled to announce that we have now broken the all-time record for active ESIS subscribers! Our active subscriber count will be over four hundred and thirty by the time you read this article. So congratulations! You are part of a local success story.

We will be celebrating our successes and reporting on the activities of the past year, as well as presenting updates on our plans for the future, at the ESIS Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is happening on Monday evening, June 17th at 7:00pm at the Crawford Bay Hall. All community members are welcome to attend; you must have an active ESIS service in order to vote for a new Board of Directors.

Interested in helping guide the next phase of development? Consider joining the ESIS Board of Directors! The AGM will be an opportunity for potential new Directors to be nominated.

Looking forward to a great East shore Summer,
Warmly, ESIS Board of Directors and Staff.

Happy Spring 2019!

As April showers bring May flowers and we welcome back our seasonal residents, the East Shore Internet Society (ESIS) is responding to requests from subscribers by creating a new service called the Lite package. The Lite package will be introduced May 1st and will take the place of the former “Away” package, with the added benefit of some connectivity: 2.5 Mbps download speed, 1.5 Mbps upload, with an included data package of 10 GB per month. This often-requested feature is intended to provide connectivity to “Internet of Things” devices such as home security systems.

The Lite package is being introduced at a price of $25 per month, with standard overage rates applicable to data usage over 10 GB in a month. As always, our automated systems give plenty of warning (by email) before data overage fees are incurred. There will be no limit to the number of months that the Lite package can be subscribed to. The Unlimited Data add-on will not be applicable to the Lite package.

Policy is shifting a little around service package changes, too. When upgrading from one ESIS package to another mid-month – for example if you received a notice that your data usage is trending towards overage on your current package – subscribers pay the new rate of the upgraded package in full, rather than it being pro-rated. For example, if you are on the Bronze package ($50) and you call to upgrade your service to Copper ($70), you would pay the $70 for the month (+tax), giving you a speed boost and a better deal on the data than if you got overage charges ($1 per GB) with the Bronze package. You’ll find that there’s a certain data usage point at which it makes sense to upgrade. While not all connections are eligible for Silver and Gold service (line of sight is required), the Unlimited Data add-on is an attractive option. All ESIS packages are listed on our website here: http://www.eastshoreinternet.ca/packages/

ESIS is also happy to announce our 2019 Annual General Meeting which will take place on Monday June 17th at 7:00pm at the Crawford Bay Hall. All community members are welcome to attend, while an ESIS membership with active service is required to vote for new board members.

Happy Spring! from the ESIS Board of Directors and staff.

Better Equipped for Connecting to the World

The Columbia Basin Trust recently posted this news release featuring a quote from ESIS subscriber and Gray Creek resident Michella Moss.

The success of the Connecting Canadians Project has meant that more East Shore residents are able to work remotely from their homes. Improved broadband has enabled local businesses to market globally, it has also attracted new families to our community and allowed part-time residents to spend more time here.

Better Equipped for Connecting to the World

ESIS AGM & Town Hall Presentation

Snowbirds have returned to their East shore nests and seasonal businesses are open! Things are also getting busy at ESIS. Our new unlimited data service is HOT with more and more household subscribers choosing no data limits.

With the recent overloads on Kootenay Lake ferry service, our Ferry Cam has proven to be an invaluable tool to help make decisions around ferry travel. ESIS is happy to provide and maintain this useful service, and provide a view on our website at: http://www.eastshoreinternet.ca/ferry-cam-kootenay-bay/

ESIS is hosting two community events in early June: our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be Monday evening June 11th, 7pm at the Crawford Bay Hall. At the AGM, members can be informed about the activities of the last year, and most importantly, have an opportunity to join the ESIS board as a director. Three current ESIS directors are stepping down this year, and we are looking forward to a year of positive changes and new project planning, which will need some new energy!

With that in mind, ESIS is hosting a Town Hall presentation on Wed. June 6th, 6pm – 8pm at the Crawford Bay School. The presentation is about the future of internet for our communities, and will feature guest speakers from Kaslo’s infoNet Society who will share their experience developing a community-based high-speed fiber optic network, and why it’s so important for communities like ours to be able to develop and thrive in this way. If you’re interested in being a part of building the future, or just want to know what’s happening,  we strongly encourage you to come to the Town Hall and AGM.

See you then and have a great Summer!

Warmly, the ESIS board and staff.