Aurora Cable Internet
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Aurora Cable Internet was a Canadian company that provided digital cable television, cable Internet and VOIP service in the towns of Aurora and Oak Ridges, Ontario. Founded by Jim Irvine, Aurora Cable was the town's only cable provider from the time of its inception in 1969 until its eventual takeover in 2008. Along with providing cable service it also produced a series of community-based programs to help inform Aurora residents of local events and services. Some of these shows aired for many years including Sports Beat (hosted by Lowell McClenny) and Our Town (which was hosted my former Aurora mayor Dick Illingworth). In its final year of broadcast ACI's programming line-up included Plugged In, Bookmarks, Fit & Fabulous, Sports Beat, Our Town, On The Money, Council In Action, Body Mind & Spirit, @aci:The Internet Show and Tigers This Week. Fit & Fabulous was the only ACI show brought over to continue production with Rogers TV York Region.
For many years Aurora Cable provided weekly live-to-tape broadcasts of the OPJHL Aurora Tigers. During playoffs every Aurora Tigers game was broadcast, featuring play-by-play provided by Scott Ferguson, and colour commentary by Anthony Regan. These broadcasts were produced and directed by station manager Steve Mitchell. Under his guidance Aurora Cable (ACI) became the first Canadian community channel to broadcast entirely in HD.
The company used Docsis ver. 2.0 systems.
ACI was the last remaining independently owned cable distributor in the Greater Toronto Area. Apart from Aurora, the region is served exclusively by larger national cable companies, either Rogers Cable or Cogeco.
In early 2008, Rogers received CRTC approval to overbuild portions of Aurora Cable's service area, a move that Aurora had opposed. Shortly thereafter, Rogers announced an agreement to purchase Aurora Cable Internet, pending CRTC approval.
The purchase agreement was finalized and approved on June 12, 2008 and Aurora Cable Internet became part of Rogers Cable services.