When it comes to cable companies, it pays to shop the competition. Based in Austin, Texas, Grande Communications has grown steadily, it just expanded into San Antonio, but for local consumers, not fast enough. I'm one of the lucky ones who can proclaim, "I love my cable company." I've bundled DSL, cable and two land lines (unlimited long distance) for a monthly fee of approximately $125 and each year, I can successfully renegotiate for the same or sometimes lower price. Service is rarely or ever interrupted.