MI-Connection, Mooresville and Davidson's government-owned cable, internet and telecommunications system, has hired a cable industry veteran to help it transition to self-operation.
The MI-Connection Board of Directors voted 4-0 on March 2 to hire David Auger as the consultant who will help move the system from being operated by Bristol Virginia Utilities.
BVU has managed MI-Connection since the local system's founding in December 2007. MI-Connection's board reached an agreement with BVU in December 2010 to bring most local employees and most services in-house by July 1.
Auger's consulting firm will be paid about $17,500 a month over a four-month contract, or about $70,000 total.
Auger worked for rival Time Warner from 1995 to 2006, first as vice president/general manager of northern Los Angeles and then as division president for Minneapolis, where he oversaw a successful rebuilding of the system.
In 2001, he became president of Time Warner's Charlotte division, overseeing all its operations and $360million in annual revenues.
He has since owned and operated Auger Media Group LLC, a consulting and investing firm whose major client was Charlotte-based American Broadband. He was the company's chief operating officer and helped acquire and manage numerous cable TV operations.
Auger began his career with Warner Amex Cable and later became its corporate marketing director. In 1988, he joined Jack Kent Cooke as vice president of marketing and oversaw sales, marketing and programming for the company's 54 cable properties.
From 1989 to 1994, Auger was publisher of the Los Angeles Daily News, where he managed a $105 million budget and 1,200 workers.
"I think we've found a real pro to facilitate our transition from BVU," MI-Connection chairman John Kasberger told the Mooresville Board of Commissioners last week.
"My activities are 100percent behind this," Auger told the board.
Said Mooresville commissioner Mac Herring, "It looks like a good partnership."