News & Events
Showtime Anytime has been added to PBTV Everywhere! All PBTV subscribers who also subscribe to Showtime will have access through PBTV Everywhere.
SHOWTIME ANYTIME® brings you SHOWTIME® Original Series, Hit Movies, Sports, Comedy and much more on your computer, tablet, phone, streaming device and game console. It's FREE with your SHOWTIME subscription and includes:
PBTV customers can watch programs on their computer, smart phone, or tablet with PBTV Everywhere. It's free and all you need is Internet access.
PBTV customers have access to view PBTV Everywhere content from the networks they receive as part of their regular PBTV service.
*Must subscribe to PBTV service to have access to PBTV Everywhere. Additional subscriptions may be required to view all content listed. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.
Paul Bunyan Communications Holiday Office Closures
Wednesday, December 24
Offices will close early at 2 p.m. in observation of Christmas holiday.
Thursday, December 25
Offices will be closed in observation of Christmas holiday.
Wednesday, December 31
Offices will close early at 2 p.m. in observation of New Year's holiday.
Thursday, January 1
Offices will be closed in observation of New Year's holiday.
Timberwolves Select Game Block Lifted! All Timberwolves Game Broadcasts on Fox Sports North now available on PBTV
Fox Sports North had gained the broadcast rights to some additional Timberwolves games this season and an agreement has been reached to provide the remaining additional games on Paul Bunyan Television.
As a result and effective immediately, all of the games scheduled to be broadcast the rest of the season will be available to PBTV customers.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding as we worked to secure an agreement with Fox Sports North.
Paul Bunyan Communications has added yet another networks in high definition to PBTV HD service, ESPN News.
ESPN News HD is on channel 552 and is available to all PBTV HD subscribers.
“We have been consistently adding more networks in high definition for our customers and we’re not done yet. We plan to add even more cable networks in HD in the coming months” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.
PBTV HD is delivered in the widescreen 16:9 format that provides a picture with a resolution over five times that of standard television and the 4:3 format. The service can be added to PBTV service for $9.95 per month. Consumers must have standard PBTV service to subscribe to PBTV HD service. $9.95 monthly charge for PBTV HD is an equipment fee, not a programming fee. PBTV HD subscribers will receive the HD channels of the digital channels they subscribe to. Additional subscription(s) may be required to receive all HD channels available. There is a one month minimum subscription required. Service availability depends upon location and some restrictions may apply.
Paul Bunyan Communications Announces GigaZone Project: One of the Largest Gigabit Networks in the United States
Paul Bunyan Communications announced today that it is launching the GigaZone, their new advanced regional Gigabit fiber network that will be one of the largest Gigabit networks in the country.
"This is a big day for our cooperative, members, and the region we serve. We've always been committed to giving our region the best possible communication services. When we were formed 63 years ago that meant quality telephone services to areas no other provider would serve. Today it means delivering advanced data services and Internet capabilities to our members unsurpassed by any region or any other provider in the country – regardless of size or location. The GigaZone will not only provide the capacity to handle current communication technologies quickly and efficiently, it will also meet the increasing demands of the next generation of broadband innovations," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.
"The launch of one of the largest rural gigabit networks in the United States will be a game changer for northern Minnesota. Expanding broadband is a great equalizing force for boosting rural economies. Today you don't need to live off a major highway or in a bustling city to find a good job, start a new business, or get a high quality education but today you do need a high-speed Internet connection," said Senator Amy Klobuchar, who has championed the effort of rural broadband access at the national level since being elected.
"Border-to-border access to reliable cell phone and high-speed internet coverage is essential to Minnesota's continued economic growth," said Governor Mark Dayton, who working the legislature, invested $20 million in a new Broadband Infrastructure Grant Fund this year to expand access to high-speed internet in underserved areas of the state. "I thank Paul Bunyan Communications for their leadership on this important project, which will improve access to high-speed internet for thousands of homes and businesses across five Minnesota counties."
"Access to broadband has become one of the driving forces in economic development. When I visit with companies, their initial questions focus on workforce and broadband. Coupled with our talent and quality of life, the GigaZone will put Bemidji above virtually any region in the United States as an ideal location for a high tech company or any other business", added Dave Hengel, Greater Bemidji Executive Director
There will be exciting new GigaZone service options including unprecedented Broadband Internet speeds up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit. Members who subscribe to GigaZone Broadband can also add PBTV Fusion and/or low cost GigaZone voice service with unlimited long distance. All current service options will also remain available to cooperative members within the GigaZone.
GigaZone advanced fiber network construction has started in Bemidji. Upcoming enhancements to Paul Bunyan Communications' expansive regional fiber network will allow for the GigaZone to ultimately include their entire 5,000 square mile service area.
PBTV Fusion customers with Whole-Home DVR service can now schedule, cancel, or delete recordings remotely by computer, smart phone, or tablet.
It's free and gives you even more control over your television viewing.
Paul Bunyan Communications will be expanding its all-fiber optic communications network into the Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids and LaPrairie this year.
"Access to broadband Internet services enhances life in so many different ways. It opens up e-commerce opportunities, educational, cultural, and recreational resources. It is especially important in rural areas where it can help overcome distance and financial barriers," said Gary Johnson, CEO/GM of Paul Bunyan Communications, "We've seen the difference it can make first hand throughout our service territory and we hope to bring it to as many in Trout Lake Township as we can."
The all fiber optic network will provide all of the current Paul Bunyan Communications services including Broadband high-speed Internet up to 150 Mbps, PBTV Fusion with HD and whole-home DVR, as well as the next evolution in fiber-enabled Internet technologies expected to be offered in the future.
Service applications are now being accepted. A service application is required to be considered for expansion. Where we expand in the Trout Lake Township will be based on the costs involved and level of demand for services in each individual neighborhood/area.
More information will be mailed out a few weeks prior to construction which is expected to begin in June and be completed by November. Once the network is physically installed up to a location services generally become available within 1-2 months.
This project is made possible through the Broadband Loan Program from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a part of the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA).