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What were the cable companies in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties back in the early and mid '90s? i wasn't living in the area then.
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Cablevision - Charlotte
Vision Cable - Mecklenburg County (~outside of CLT city limits around mid 80s)
Prestige Cable - Huntersville and points north to Mooresville.

I'm not sure if that is all. Seems to me there might have been another around the Meck/Union county border.
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Cablevision - Charlotte
Vision Cable - Mecklenburg County (~outside of CLT city limits around mid 80s)
Prestige Cable - Huntersville and points north to Mooresville.

I'm not sure if that is all. Seems to me there might have been another around the Meck/Union county border.
Correct.

ATC (Cablevision) also had (most of) Union and Gaston counties.

Vision Cable had whatever was unincorporated Mecklenburg county as of '82. Much of this became annexed by Charlotte, so that's how Charlotte proper ended up with two franchises before the joint venture was formed in '94. Vision Cable also held the Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville franchises in Mecklenburg county, as well as the Indian Trail, Stallings and Weddington franchises in Union county. They also served a tiny bit of South Carolina adjacent to Pineville as well.

The county franchise awarded to Vision Cable originally included the northern end of the county (surrounding, but not including incorporated Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson). In 1982, this area did not meet the minimum home density requirements of either the franchise agreement or good business sense (certainly not the case now, 30+ years later). Eventually, Vision Cable transferred the rights to the north county areas to Prestige, which reached them out of their Iredell county facilities. After gaining the rights to the north county, I believe (not 100% sure) that Prestige applied for and received uncontested franchises for Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson.

The entirety of Cleveland (Shelby), Cabarrus (Concord/Kannapolis), Rowan (Salisbury) and Stanly (Albemarle) counties were also Vision Cable's.

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If I remember correctly, Gaston County and Cleveland counties were serviced by Jones Intercable back in the 1980s.
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. After gaining the rights to the north county, I believe (not 100% sure) that Prestige applied for and received uncontested franchises for Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson.
From what I understand, that was an earlier local company called Lakeside Cable. Prestige, which was based in GA (and had several systems there) later bought Lakeside. I think Lakeside/Prestige also had some of the communities on the west side of the Lake. Maybe Denver, Sherills Ford, etc.

I've heard horror stories about Lakeside including cable drops that were placed in the lake because it was easier than trenching.
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