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Grande Communications

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Grande Communications
HeadquartersPrinceton, New Jersey, U.S.
Key people
Jim Holanda, CEO
ServicesHigh Speed Internet
Digital Television
Digital Telephone
OwnerTPG Capital

Grande Communications is a United States telecommunications firm, based in San Marcos, Texas, that uses a fiber optic and cable network to offer broadband services. The company was established in 1999 when it was the recipient of the largest round of venture capital funding in Texas.[1] Grande delivers internet access, local and long-distance telephone service and digital cable over its own network to nine different markets in Texas.[2] Grande Communications serves as the primary provider of cable services for dormitories on the campuses of Texas State University, University of the Incarnate Word, Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin. It is controlled by private equity firm TPG Capital through its affiliate Patriot Media Consulting. Grande Communications is available to an estimated 1.1 million people, making it the 16th largest provider of cable broadband in the U.S. by coverage area.[3]

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In today’s increasingly-connected world, the creation, distribution, and consumption of information has become a major part of our lives, and telecommunications infrastructure serves as the backbone of our information society. From the telegraph and telephone wire to the cable and fiber optic lines, we’re always working to find new ways to communicate over long distances, but not every signal travels through a wire. Today we’re talking about wireless telecommunications. I’m Grady and this is What’s that Infrastructure, where we divulge and discover the constructed world around us. You can’t talk about telecommunications without mentioning radio. Jerry took lots of pictures of the infrastructure in Ethiopia when he travelled there to adopt his son, including this cool photo of radio transmitter towers and a wild mess of guy wires used to hold them all up. One of my long time fans, Luto, sent in these photos of the remnants of radio transmitting antennas in Vienna. These transmitters were built by the U.S. after World War 2 to strengthen their radio program in Austria known as red-white-red, and you can still see the mast anchors if you visit the parks in Wilhelminenberg. Here’s another piece of history sent in by Sidarth in Indiana. These are horn-reflector antennas used in the AT&T long lines network. These microwave relays cut the costs of long-distance communications dramatically compared wired systems and were used extensively starting in the 50s. Even though many of the towers were built to withstand a nuclear blast, fewer and fewer remain as our demand for higher capacity communications infrastructure increases. Luckily, there is a ton of information online dedicated to remembering the awesome feat of engineering that was the long lines microwave radio network. Shravan sent in these photos of helical antennas from the radio telescope on the small island nation of Mauritius. These antennas collect radio waves from astronomical sources like planets, stars, and galaxies. Since these waves are fairly weak, radio telescopes usually require very large antennas, and the one in Mauritius is no different. The main arm is over 2 kilometers long with more than a thousand of these helical antennas. On the other end of the size spectrum, Ben sent in this photo of a small microwave antenna on a traffic signal. These antennas carry line of sight communications to other signals or to a centralized traffic management system These systems are a major step up from simple timers, allowing traffic signals to respond to changing conditions in real time. Jacob from Mississippi did an internship with a telecommunications company and shared some great photos from his experience. Cellular networks are named as such because each transceiver serves a certain area known as a cell. Nearly everyone uses a cell phone these days, not only to make calls but also to browse the web. You may even be watching this very video on your phone, and if you are, can I just say thank you for spending your hard earned megabytes to support this channel. To manage the ever-increasing demand for wireless data, telcom companies continue to expand their cellular infrastructure. It seems like just about anywhere you look, cell phone antennas are popping up. Eric from Pennsylvania sent in this photo of a small-cell antenna on top of a utility pole. And Dave from Maryland sent in a photo of a similar, but much larger antenna on residential apartment building Finally, Daniel from Australia sent in a photo of something that’s become very popular: an array of cellular network antennas along the parapet of a commercial building. Richard’s family has operates a Wireless Internet Service Provider or WISP in Oklahoma. WISPs allow coverage of rural areas where wired connections wouldn’t be feasible by creating individual access points which can serve many customers. In fact, infrastructure just like this is helping to reduce the digital gap in developing countries by providing broader low-cost access to the internet. Finally, following tradition, a photo that’s got me stumped. This one comes from Guillaume in Quebec. It may just be an architectural feature, but I have a suspicion these yellow things are serving a purpose. I’m just not sure what it is. If you know, put it in the comments down below. Thanks again to everyone who sent in photos. These emails are not slowing down. This has been a lot of fun so far, and I’ve got a backlog of topics for future videos. If you have a picture you’d like to share, send it in to Make sure you mention that it’s okay for me to use in a video, and include your mailing address. Because if I use your photo in a video, I’ll send you a Practical Engineering sticker. Click that like button and subscribe to the channel if you enjoyed the video. Thank you for watching, and let me know what you think.


Acquisitions and mergers

On May 22, 2017 RCN Corporation, Wave Broadband and Grande Communications announced the combination of the three companies to create the sixth largest cable operator across seven of the ten top US Cities. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.[4]

Internet service

These are Grande's speed tiers as of February, 28th, 2018.[5]

Tier Download Speed Upload Speed DOCSIS
Power 50 50 Mbit/s 5 Mbit/s DOCSIS 3.0
Power 300 300 Mbit/s 20 Mbit/s DOCSIS 3.0
Power 600 600 Mbit/s 35 Mbit/s DOCSIS 3.1
Power 1000 1000 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s or 1000 Mbit/s DOCSIS 3.1/Fiber


  1. ^ "Grande Communications Acquires Thrifty Call". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Grande Communications Overview and Coverage". Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  3. ^ "Grande Communications - Internet Service Provider - BroadbandNow". Broadband Now. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  4. ^ "RCN, Grande and Wave Broadband Join Forces". Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  5. ^ "Get High Speed Internet Service - Grande Communications". Retrieved 2017-07-31.

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