Wave Broadband

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Wave Broadband
Headquarters Kirkland, Washington, U.S.
Area served
Washington, Oregon, and California
Key people
James Holanda, CEO
Services Residential, business, and enterprise class Fiber-optic, Internet, VoIP, and Cable Television
Parent TPG Capital
Website wavebroadband.com

Wave Broadband (stylized as wave) is an American provider of residential, business, and enterprise class cable TV, broadband Internet, and telephone services to around 455,000 customers in Washington, Oregon, and California. [1] Wave provides services via their own fiber-optic network and has approximately 1,300+ employees.

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On May 22, 2017 it was announced that Wave was to be acquired by TPG Capital for $2.36 billion. [7] [8] Wave Broadband will be combined with other cable/internet companies controlled by TPG Capital, RCN and Grande. RCN provides sevices along the East Coast and in Chicago similar to those of Wave; Grande operates throughout Texas. Wave is expected to continue to operate under its brand after the merger is complete. The acquisition of Wave by TPG was completed on January 24, 2018 [9] .

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