Grande Boosts Fiber Capacity


San Marcos, Texas-based cable overbuilder Grande Communications Inc. is
buying 3,000 route miles of fiber from Customer Care Communications Inc. (C3
Communications) to bolster the company's backbone connectivity.

Grande provides video, voice and high-speed-data services to consumers and
businesses in several Texas markets, including Austin and San Antonio.

Grande said it will use the fiber for network efficiencies in its local,
long-haul phone/data and metro-area networks.

The fiber network runs through Texas, connecting such major hubs as Dallas
and Houston, and extends into parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Grande said it counts more than 50,000 retail customers.