TELUS says business as usual after purchase of YourLink Revelstoke

TELUS says there will be little change to cable TV and Internet services for the time being after they purchased YourLink's B.C. operations.

A YourLink Revelstoke employee at work. Photo: Keri Knapp

A TELUS spokesperson said there will be little change to service in Revelstoke for the time being after the communications company purchased cable TV and internet provider YourLink BC.

TELUS spokesperson Richard Gilhooley wouldn’t disclose the sale price, but he did say that YourLink, which is based in Saskatchewan, approached TELUS with an offer of a sale for the B.C. portion of their business. YourLink BC includes operations in Ashcroft, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Nakusp, Revelstoke and Vanderhoof.

Current employees of YourLink will be retained after the takeover. “The plan is to combine the teams and offers have been made to everybody [in Revelstoke] and they have all been accepted. We have no plans to change staffing levels. We’re thrilled to have acquired a valuably skilled team with a good understanding of the unique challenges and requirements of these communities,” Gilhooley said.

The purchase means that two former competitors for cable television and Internet services will be combined.

For the time being, services such as cable TV and Internet service offered by YourLink in Revelstoke will continue as usual.

Gilhooley said that TELUS is planning to integrate YourLink services with TELUS services in Revelstoke, but the exact nature of that integration is not yet defined, and that it will be explored during an internal planning process TELUS will be conducting in the near future.

“The integration of those to systems will be a part of the planning project,” Gilhooley said.

In the meantime, Gilhooley said there are no plans to increase prices.

When contacted by the Mountaineer, a local YourLink representative referred all questions to TELUS.