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Both Telesystem and Block Line Systems are wholly owned subsidiaries of the 118 year old, privately held, Block Communications, Inc. (BCI). Telesystem began in 1994 in Toledo, Ohio and In 2014, both Telesystem and BCI purchased Line Systems, Inc (LSI), a Philadelphia based communications provider, which was legally renamed Block Line Systems.
The BCI family of media companies includes Buckeye Broadband cable company, The Toledo Blade and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspapers and network television affiliates in IL, OH, and KY. In the same timeframe that Line Systems was acquired, BCI also purchased MaxxSouth, a cable TV provider covering the entire Eastern half of Mississippi. These expansions have provided significant additional growth opportunities for Telesystem and their customers.
Press Release: Block Communications Agrees to Acquire Line Systems
Press Release: LSI and Telesystem Announce Unification of Brand Identity