The East Shore Internet Society’s recent history has been ‘colourful’ to say the least.  It’s seen both governance and operational challenges that have caused strife in the community and ultimately negatively impacted its capacity to properly serve its members.  But the future is bright!  Thanks to hands-on consulting help from the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), ESIS is turning a new leaf.

In the past week and a half ESIS has:

These steps have been enough to make CBT confident in its partnership with ESIS and agree not to pull its funding for the expansion project.

As an organization and as a community, we’ve got a steep hill to climb, but we also have a great opportunity ahead of us.  The expansion project supported by the Columbia Broadband Corporation (CBBC) will see an increase in download speeds for all customers, larger packages to address overages, and an increase in customer reach.  We are small in size but big in ideas.  Hopefully we can turn a new leaf in ESIS’ history and move forward together.

As a next step, the ESIS Board is working to re-establish its website as soon as possible as a way of keeping you up-to-date with developments.  We aren’t going to be perfect in our communications and service right away, but we’re going to do our best.

Until the website is up, we are happy to hear any questions or comments through Mel Gale ( or Fraser Robb (

A special thank you to all those in the community who’ve supported ESIS in the past.  It’s through your hard work that ESIS’s future is bright.  And thank you to all members for your patience and support, and we look forward to serving you to the best of our ability.

The ESIS Board


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