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ProtoSource Joins National ISP Game

Local Internet service provider ProtoSource Corp. Thursday entered into agreements with two unspecified national backbone providers as part of its plan to become a nationwide ISP.

ProtoSource currently serves a regional user base in California, but has aspirations to provide service throughout the country. Through its agreements with the firms, ProtoSource will have a presence in more than 270. It hopes to soon reach more than 85 percent of the United States.

"We feel our move to the national ISP level properly positions the company to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity that currently exists in the Internet arena," said Raymond J. Meyers, president and chief executive officer.

"This move will assist us in our mission of increasing shareholder value."

ProtoSource's strategy is to grow its Internet customer base through the acquisition and consolidation of existing ISPs and, internally, through traditional marketing and advertising activities. No acquisitions have yet been announced.