Pauls Valley will soon have a new cable television provider as Cox Communications have announced the sale of all of their Pauls Valley assets to Cebridge Connections, a relatively new cable company based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

The sale of Cox was approved by the Pauls Valley City Council during the council’s last regular meeting, paving the way for the city’s franchise agreement to be transferred to Cebridge.

“We are looking at making the transfer complete sometime in April or May,” stated Pete Able, a spokesperson for Cebridge.

“Once we take over,” Able told the Daily Democrat, “there are no foreseeable plans to raise rates. Our goal will be to maintain the current slate of services at current prices for the customers in Pauls Valley.”

Able said customers who currently have internet service with Cox will be transferred to Cebridge’s internet service as well.

Cox announced in March of 2005 that it was exploring the sale of several operations in order to reduce debt and accelerate growth.

The systems targeted by Cox included those in West Texas, North Carolina, and Middle America Cox (MAC), primarily comprised of operations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. MAC also includes certain systems in Oklahoma, Mississippi and Missouri.

Once the acquisitions are completed, Cebridge will become the eighth largest cable operator in the country, serving more than 1.3 million customers in the central and southern United States.

“We want to make the transfer as seamless as possible,” Able said. “Once our operations are in place we will look at ways to improve or upgrade the systems in Pauls Valley and the other areas we serve.”

Cebridge already owns several cable systems in Oklahoma, including those in Noble, Purcell and Woodward.

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