Cable TV transition begins July 1

MI-Connection, Mooresville and Davidson's government-run cable, Internet and telecommunications system, will begin its transition to becoming a locally operated company on July 1.

The transition will take about 90 days and will create 16 local jobs, said David Auger, the former Time Warner Cable executive hired to oversee the transition.

Bristol Virginia Utilities has managed the system since its inception in December 2007. MI-Connection and BVU officials agreed in December 2010 to work toward having the system run locally.

The transition will bring local employees and most services in-house and will shift BVU from system operator to a service vendor that will provide customer service, billing and technical support, MI-Connection officials have said.

Auger said it will take three months to complete the phased-in transition to independent operation in part to work through various software-related issues.

Changes beginning July 1 will include a gradual reduction in the management fee paid to BVU as its management responsibilities decrease, said Auger, former Charlotte division president for Time Warner Cable. The fee will drop from about $1.4 million annually to $300,000 annually between July and October, he said.

The 16 jobs will be in addition to those workers already employed in the system's Mooresville office. Existing staff who now work for BVU will become MI-Connection employees, Auger said.

Auger updated the MI-Connection Board of Directors on the transition at the board's May 26 meeting. Read his presentation at Click on the "MI-Connection" link on the left side of the page.