Eastlink buys local internet provider

P.E.I.'s only locally owned internet company has been bought up by a larger competitor.

P.E.I.'s only locally owned internet company has been bought up by a larger competitor. 

ISN, started 14 years ago by Kevin O'Brien, has been purchased by Eastlink, a major cable, phone and internet provider based in Halifax.

Details of the sale have not been announced, although the deal is expected to be signed in the next few days.

The company said it isn't planning any immediate changes to the services offered by ISN. Customers will be able to keep their current ISN e-mail addresses. They will be contacted about billing once the final contracts are signed.

ISN was founded in 1994 in Charlottetown, and had remained an Island-based company with a loyal following.

The sale does not affect customers of ISN Wireless, a standalone partnership that includes RuraNet Wireless and Quebec-based Xittel. That partnership offers wireless high-speed internet access in central and eastern P.E.I.