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Paul Bunyan CommunicationsBSU Football Plays in Mineral Water Bowl Saturday; No Television Coverage but Watch Online or Listen to the Beaver Radio Network

Congratulations to the BSU Football team on making it to the Mineral Water Bowl! 

The Beavers play Washburn at Noon on Saturday. The game will not televised but you can watch it online at portal.stretchinternet.com/miaa/ or you can hear all the action on WMIS 92.1 - The River which is also PBTV channel 964, PBTV Fusion 1064, or online at www.beaverradionetwork.com  Pregame is at 11:30, kick off at Noon. Go Beavers!

Good luck Beavers from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!

Play the 2nd Annual Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It Bowl Challenge. Sign Up Today!Play the 2nd Annual Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It Bowl Challenge. Sign Up Today!

Paul Bunyan Communications is excited to announce the 2nd annual Pick-it Bowl Challenge, a free online contest for participants to pick the winners for the 2016-17 College Bowl games for a chance to win a credit on a Paul Bunyan Communications account.

The top 10 finishers will win a credit on their Paul Bunyan Communications account. First place winner will receive a $500 credit, second place is a $250 credit.

The first official College Bowl game this year is December 17 so sign up early to confirm registration and picks. No purchase necessary.

The Pick-it Bowl Challenge is a fun and free way to interact with others in northern Minnesota and enjoy a little friendly competition. Must be 18 years of age or older. Limit one entry per person. Prizes not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions may apply. See Pick It Bowl Challenge website for complete contest rules.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsHoliday Open House is December 9

The Annual Paul Bunyan Communications Holiday Open House will be Friday, December 9 at both our Grand Rapids and Bemidji offices. Stop in from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for cookies/hot apple cider and pick up the 2016 Paul Bunyan Communications Holiday Ornament, 2017 calendars, and 2017 Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory while supplies last.

Help celebrate the holiday season with your local cooperative, stop in during the Holiday Open House at Paul Bunyan Communications!

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan CommunicationThe GigaZone Comes to Red Lake, Redby, Little Rock, and Ponemah

The Red Lake Nation is one of the first Indian Reservations in the country to have access to gigabit Internet speeds over an all-fiber optic network, Paul Bunyan Communications announced today. Thanks to recent upgrades to the cooperative's all-fiber optic communications network, more than 2,000 locations across the reservation including Red Lake, Redby, Little Rock, Ponemah and surrounding areas now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second.

"This is exciting news for the Red Lake Nation and our tribal members! Having access to fiber Internet services is vital to our rural economy and impacts so many aspects of life. To start a new business, find a good job, or get a high quality education you need a quality high-speed Internet connection. The GigaZone is on the cutting edge of technology and enhances the Red Lake Nation's unique assets, including a large workforce and the Red Lake Nation College, for economic development and business expansion. We're excited about the positive impact this will have on our Tribe now and well into the future," said Darrell Seki, Sr., Red Lake Tribal Chairman.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan Communication"It's a big day for our cooperative and the Red Lake Nation. We've always been committed to offering our region the best possible communication services. When we were formed 65 years ago, that meant providing telephone services in areas no other provider would serve. Today it means delivering advanced data capabilities and Internet services to our members which are 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 innovations," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

Paul Bunyan Communications' GigaZone is currently available to more than 23,900 locations across north-central Minnesota and continues to expand, making it one of the largest gigabit fiber networks in the country.

Paul Bunyan Communications recently mailed out information to the new locations that are now in the GigaZone and the cooperative has an online map showing the active areas of the GigaZone as well as those areas that will be constructed/upgraded in the future.

GigaZone service options include unprecedented fiber optic Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit. Members who subscribe to GigaZone Internet can also add PBTV Fusion digital television service and/or low cost unlimited long distance service and a variety of other services offered by the cooperative.

Most current wireless routers cannot support blazing GigaZone Internet speeds. To help, the cooperative is offering GigaZone Integrated Wi-Fi that uses the latest in advanced Wi-Fi technologies to maximize the in-home wireless experience. This service is free to all new GigaZone customers for the first six months, with a minimal charge thereafter.

Paul Bunyan Communications has the region's largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,000 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television services, Smart Home services, digital voice services, and more. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.

GigaZone Gaming ChampionshipProFreakz of Deer River Win GigaZone Gaming Championship

The first stadium style eSports event in the region, the GigaZone Gaming Championship was held Saturday, November 12 at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center.

26 of northern Minnesota's best League of Legends teams competed online with the top eight teams making it to the Championship rounds in the GigaZone Championship Arena.

GigaZone Gaming Champs, ProFreakz. Summoners: Isaac Rasmusson (Isske), Joshua O'Shea (oO Salsa Oo), Iain Belgarde (Pfkz Belgardex), Cody Mattews (PineapplesX) and Alyis Grauman (Tuckerz).GigaZone Gaming Championship League of Legends

Tournament Winners

  • Street Fighter 5: Anthony Belgarve
  • Mario Kart: Brad Monson
  • Donkey Kong: Adam - 71,000 points
  • Pac Man: Sabbastian - 38,000 points

Ben Francisco of Laporte won the grand prize drawing for an Oculus RiftOculus Rift Drawing Winner

  • Ben Francisco of Laporte won the grand prize drawing for an Oculus Rift – the incredibly immersive virtual reality (VR) headset.

Many participated in open gaming of Move or Die, Street Fighter 5, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong, and Pac Man and both of the Magic the Gathering Booster Tournaments were full.

"There is a large gaming community in our area and GigaZone Gaming Championship not only showcased some of the region's best League of Legends teams but it gave everyone a chance to get in on the action! It was great to see so many people of all ages gaming and have so much fun." said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

"Our cooperative continues to expand one of the largest rural fiber gigabit networks in the country and that brings many advantages to our members. The GigaZone provides extreme speed and low latency which are critical for the best online gaming experience which the GigaZone Gaming Championship showcased," added Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Digital Services Supervisor.

"It was a great chance for people to come together, have fun, and experience the growing eSports phenomenon. We plan to do this again in 2017 and it will be even bigger and better!" added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

PBTV HDION-TV has been added in High Definition

ION-TV is available to all PBTV digital subscribers in SD on channel 41 and now in HD on channel 541.

ION-TVION Television is a general entertainment network that features a "Positively Entertaining" schedule of proven, award-winning programs, quality original series and popular holiday movies.

PBTV EverywhereAMC, WeTV, IFC, BBC America, and Sundance added PBTV Everywhere; Over 100 networks available online

Five more networks, AMC, WeTV, IFC, BBC America, and Sundance, are now a part of PBTV Everywhere!

AMC, WeTV, and IFC are part of the main PBTV service and available to all PBTV digital subscribers through PBTV Everywhere.

BBC America and Sundance are a part of PBTV Extra and available through PBTV Everywhere to all PBTV Extra subscribers.

PBTV customers can watch programs on their computer, smart phone, gaming systems, 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.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsHoliday Open House is December 9

The Annual Paul Bunyan Communications Holiday Open House will be Friday, December 9 at both our Grand Rapids and Bemidji offices. Stop in from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for cookies/hot apple cider and pick up the 2016 Paul Bunyan Communications Holiday Ornament, 2017 calendars, and 2017 Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory while supplies last.

Help celebrate the holiday season with your local cooperative, stop in during the Holiday Open House at Paul Bunyan Communications!

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsPaul Bunyan Communications Holiday Office Closures

Saturday, December 24

Offices will be closed in observation of Christmas holiday

Monday, December 26

Offices will be closed in observation of Christmas holiday

Saturday, December 31

Offices will be closed in observation of New Year's holiday

Monday, January 2

Offices will be closed in observation of New Year's holiday


Emergency 24 hour repair will remain available and can be reached at 1-800-475-8309.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!