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The Lasqueti Internet Access Society (aka LIAS)  is a non-profit volunteer based organization that exists because it's members make it work. Considering the topography of the Island, weather conditions, lack of grid support and limited resources, it’s a tribute to our community that it functions at all. Internet service is now a critical element to life here, and our members are our greatest asset. If LIAS was run simply as a Utility company, the rates would be higher, the benefits no better and the profits go elsewhere. We gratefully acknowledge and give thanks to the many folks who volunteer their time to sit on the LIAS board, maintain the lasqueti.ca website and email list, and who have worked tirelessly to research, configure, test, set-up, and maintain the Lasqueti Wireless network.

Bigger, Better, Faster ....?

LIAS broke the mold of all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and created the First Annual Data Plan Service in the Industry in October 2017, and also stopped charging overage fees. LIAS began with a 10MB service for the whole island and 3 years ago upgraded to 30MBs. But because usage continues to increase, we recently negotiated a new agreement with Telus to provide us with 200MBs. We are in the process of implementing this change, and in some cases will require new equipment to be purchased and installed, so not everyone will experience higher speeds immediately.

There are two ways to access internet on Lasqueti through LIAS:

1. Hotspot access

Hotspot access is a public service offered by LIAS in certain areas of Lasqueti near the Free Store and Provisions. This is a limited service, intended as a convenience for Lasqueti residents and visitors, so that you can get online for short tasks, like checking e-mail or looking up a local business.  Use is limited to ONE hour per day between 7am and 7pm.
 

2. Personal Home Use:  

To set up high speed internet at home, you will need a radio installed by one of our Techs to receive the wireless signal from our network. Basic installation includes all you need to get up and running including radio, connectors, radio installation labour, communications wire, etc. 
Cost for basic installation is app. $300.  This fee does not include extra costs associated with cleaning vegetation, climbing trees, or other preparations that may be required to get a good signal to your specific location. For the internet service fees, see rates below. If you are interested or want to learn if you can receive an internet signal, please contact us.


Lasqueti Wireless Rates

As of July 1/ 2020, All annual accounts include membership to LIAS.

Term GB/Plan Fee Payment Method
Hotspot 1 hour / day Free Gratis
Annual Lite 12 months/ 250 GB $525/year E-transfer, Paypal  or Cheque
Annual Standard
12 months/ 750GB
 
$725/year E-transfer, Paypal or Cheque

Annual High

12 months/ 1500GB
 

$1025/year
 

E-transfer, Paypal or Cheque
Additional Data per 100 GB
Available one time only and used within the subscription period.
$100 E-transfer, Paypal or Cheque
Monthly / Seasonal No longer available: cell phone data plans can meet most short-term needs. Consider supporting LIAS and sign up for an annual Lite plan!

 

 

Please Read This Fine Print!

Because we are a lean team of volunteers supported by some part-time staff hours, we have created annual data plans to create ease (i.e. one invoice / payment per year) and avoid extra billing/ payment transactions. If you are unable to pay for the annual plans in one lump sum payment, we can arrange to bill you on a half year cycle (but this is not preferred). Email: accounts [at] lias [dot] ca (subject: Internet%20Service%20on%20Lasqueti) to ask about this.

Usage rates for current annual plan members are monitored monthly, and based on your usage, we will recommend which plan you need. Due to technical limitations with our monitoring system, members are unable to check their actual usage themselves, so please send us an info request if you are worried about exceeding the limits of your plan to accounts [at] lias [dot] ca

When data plans run out the accounts transition as follows:

  • Connection shifts to reduced speed which still allows for basic internet browsing but not streaming etc.This allows members to access the network to arrange a service renewal.
  • If a member has an unexpected peak usage and needs more data to complete the year, it can be purchased one time only at a rate of $100 per 100 GB
  • Otherwise, a new annual plan can be started that better suites new usage patterns.

Renew Internet

  • Annual members: You will receive an invoice via Paypal 30 days prior to the account due. You may pay this invoice by credit card via Paypal, e-transfer or cheque.
    Because of paypal fees our preference is to receive payments via e-transfer to accounts [at] lias [dot] ca or by cheque.  We send out invoices at the beginning of the month, plus at least one reminder.  If payment is received by etransfer or cheque by the due date a $25 credit towards next years bill will be applied.
  • If you do not pay your invoice by the due date, your account will be slowed and you will charged an additional $35 re-connection fee to cover the associated admin costs.

Data Usage: Tips

Remember: you control your own usage. Smart phones and tablets use a huge amount of data, constantly: if you leave them on, they are talking to the world even when you are not using them.  Uncontrolled Data use is not only a problem for your wallet but, as many of us have to share portals with others we degrade their connectivity with unnecessary use. 

  • Put your devices on airplane mode  or turned off completely, or they will use up your data.
  • When using programs such as YouTube or Facebook, make sure you've closed them properly or they will continue to run in the background. 
  • Remind your guests that they can use up your data at a very high rate and it will affect your costs!
  • Consider having an on/ off switch and only turn the radio on when wifi is needed.
  • If you do a lot of downloading, try to do it in off peak times, such as before  6pm or after 11 pm. This will enable  your neighbors to use their share of the bandwidth without  problems and stoppages.

How to Reduce Your Bandwidth Consumption on Netflix:

To set your Netflix data usage, log in to your Netflix account, click your account name at the top-right portion of the browser window, and select Your Account. On the Account page, scroll down until you see Playback Settings listed in the “My Profile” section. Click it to view data usage and episode playback settings. There are four quality settings that will affect both picture quality and data usage. In order to be bandwidth-conscious, sticking with the “Low setting" will ensure that you can still enjoy Netflix content with minimal impact on data usage.


Getting Help

- Having trouble with the sign-up or login procedure? 
- Paypal giving you woes?
- Need assistance evaluating your location?
- Want to buy a radio antenae or hire an installer?      

For help with any Lasqueti Wireless issues, please contact...

LIAS Board of Directors: a volunteer board steers the organization and does much of the system planning and member-relations work.   Contact: directors [at] lias [dot] ca 

LIAS also employs two part-time local contractors:

  • Larry Manahan: service [at] lias [dot] ca
  • Tanis Dagert: accounts [at] lias [dot] ca

Questions? Contact: info [at] lias [dot] ca

Check out our latest e-news here: https://mailchi.mp/a7744888b943/lias-e-blast-agm-survey-news?e=187ebb41bb

If you have questions see the LIAS Forum "How does our broadband work"  http://lasqueti.ca/node/2014