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GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan CommunicationGigabit Internet Comes to Lake George and Surrounding Area

Gigabit Internet service has come to Lake George. Paul Bunyan Communications has upgraded the communications network in the Lake George area making GigaZone services now available to close to 500 locations in an area that stretches from east of Lake George west to Itasca State Park and south towards Emmaville and Two Inlets.

"The GigaZone provides Internet capabilities unsurpassed by any other rural provider or region in the country. The GigaZone not only provides the capacity to handle current communication technologies quickly and efficiently, it also meets the increasing demands of the next generation of broadband innovations," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan Communication"Our cooperative already has the region's largest all fiber optic network, upgrading it for the GigaZone continues our commitment to keeping our region at the forefront of broadband access." said Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications IT & Development Manager.

GigaZone service options include unprecedented Broadband Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit. Members who subscribe to GigaZone Broadband can also add PBTV Fusion and/or low cost unlimited local and long distance GigaZone voice service. All current service options also remain available to cooperative members within the GigaZone.

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.

The GigaZone now is available to over 4,500 locations including all of the cooperative's service area of rural Park Rapids, the Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids, the area of Bemidji that saw construction in 2014, and most recently all of the Lake George area. Additional GigaZone upgrades in 2015 are expected and ultimately the GigaZone will encompass the cooperative's entire 5,000 square mile service area.

"Our cooperative started expanding our all fiber optic network into the Lake George area in 2007 and the project was completed in 2008. That provided the first broadband Internet service to the area and allowed for us to upgrade the network now for GigaZone services. Our members in Lake George are now a part of one of the first rural Gigabit networks in the country!" added Bissonette.

Dora the ExplorerNickelodeon's Dora the Explorer is coming to Grand Rapids April 25th

Paul Bunyan Communications is bringing Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer to the 17th Annual Itasca Area Children First! Children's Fair on Saturday, April 25 at the IRA Civic Center.

The entire event is free and open to all. The fair runs from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and your chance to meet and get pictures taken with Dora the Explorer is from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Children's Fair is an event planned for children along with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers to provide an enjoyable way to explore services and businesses in the county. The fair allows agencies, service organizations, clinics and businesses a chance to connect with families in the Itasca Area. The goal of the fair is to educate and increase awareness of available services.

The Children's Fair is a FREE fun filled day of educational activities and information. Kiwanis, Circle K and Key Club members serve a FREE pancake breakfast from 9 - 11am. Families can explore educational booths, visit with service providers in the county, participate in hands on activities, play at the carnival, tour the BIG vehicles, listen to music and storytellers, and much more. Fun and learning for all ages!

Children First! is an Itasca Area Community Education initiative funded through the Blandin Foundation and supported by Paul Bunyan Communications. The ultimate outcome of Children First! is to mobilize the communities to actively educate, nurture, and care for all children in the Itasca Area.

HBO Go & Max GoDecades TV added to Paul Bunyan Television

Decades TV, a new broadcast network out of Minneapolis, has been added to the Paul Bunyan Television (PBTV) service offering for all subscribers in Beltrami, Hubbard, and Cass County.

Decades TV can be found on PBTV channel 20 and is a new television network from CBS Networks.  Utilizing a library of more than 100 classic television series, including select titles from the CBS library such as I LOVE LUCY from the 1950s, STAR TREK from the 1960s, HAPPY DAYS from the 1970s and CHEERS from the 1980s, as well as a wide selection of theatrical and made-for-television movies and footage of historical news events from the archives of CBS News and ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, DECADES will provide viewers with a new way to experience our shared historical and cultural past.

As the ultimate TV time machine, DECADES will differentiate itself from other subchannel programming services by varying the classic series and movies that appear on the network every day.    

HBO Go & Max GoHBO Go and Max Go added to PBTV Everywhere

HBO Go and Max Go have been added to PBTV Everywhere!

Get unlimited access to all your favorite HBO® shows, hit movies, sports, comedy and more, plus bonus features and behind-the-scenes extras. It's all free with your HBO subscription through Paul Bunyan Television.
With HBO GO You Can:

  • Keep up with your favorites. Watch everything you love about HBO, including HBO original programming, hit movies, sports, comedy and every episode of the best HBO shows, including True Blood®, Game of Thrones®, Boardwalk Empire®, Girls, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm®, Entourage®, The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, The Wire® and more. Plus, get bonus features and special behind-the-scenes extras!
  • Take it with you: On the run or on the road, never miss a moment of your favorite HBO shows and hit movies with HBO GO on your laptop and select tablets and mobile devices.
  • Make it your own: Make your HBO GO experience personal. Create a customized Watchlist and catch up on your favorite HBO shows and hit movies at your convenience. If you're on the run, resume viewing titles from your Watchlist on your portable device including laptops and select tablets and mobile devices. Also set a Series Pass® to automatically send new episodes of your favorite HBO shows to your Watchlist.
  • With HBO GO, watch new episodes of your favorite shows and hit movies simultaneously as they premiere on HBO.

MAX GO® is the streaming service from Cinemax® and provides instant access over 400 of the biggest Hollywood hit movies, indie favorites, and Max After Dark Series.

To access HBO Go and/or Max Go you must subscribe to HBO and/or Cinemax service through Paul Bunyan Television. To add either to your PBTV, simply call or stop by our office in Bemidji or Grand Rapids.


Important: When trying to sign in to HBO Go or Max Go for the first time you will need to click "sign in" and create your own HBO Go or Max Go account. In this process you will need to select "wTVE" from the providers list. "Paul Bunyan Communications" will NOT appear on the list at this time so be sure to select "wTVE" to sign up and gain access to this content.


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 receive PBTV Everywhere service. Only content that is part of your PBTV service is accessible through PBTV Everywhere. Additional subscription may be required to view all content. Some restrictions may apply.

FXNOW and National GeographicFXNOW and National Geographic added to PBTV Everywhere

FXNOW and National Geographic have been added to PBTV Everywhere!

The FXNOW app can be downloaded from your devices app store and features Simpsons World, as well as the biggest and best lineup of critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies and blockbusters movies from 3 networks that are a part of PBTV service, FX, FXX and FXM.

Simpsons World through FXNOW delivers a one-of-a-kind Simpsons experience with access to every episode ever.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of National Geographic to PBTV Everywhere.

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.

*Must subscribe to PBTV service to receive PBTV Everywhere service. Only content that is part of your PBTV service is accessible through PBTV Everywhere. Additional subscription may be required to view all content. Some restrictions may apply.

Universal Sports Network and ONE World SportsUniversal Sports Network and ONE World Sports Added to PBTV Sports

Two more networks have been added to PBTV Sports, the Universal Sports Network and ONE World Sports.

Universal Sports Network can be found on channel 79 or in HD on channel 579. Universal Sports Network brings you live and exclusive coverage of Olympic, endurance, and action sports from around the world. With more than 40 sports and 25 world championship events, only Universal Sports lets you watch your favorite athletes compete all year long.

ONE World Sports can be found on PBTV channel 80 or in HD on channel 580. ONE World Sports delivers best-in-class sporting events live from around the globe. Known as America's Network for Global Sports, ONE World Sports features live and exclusive action from America's popular sports played outside the U.S. – basketball, baseball, ice hockey and golf – plus sports with a large global following including soccer and cricket.
PBTV Sports can be added to your Paul Bunyan Television service for only $6.99 per month and includes over 15 additional cable networks featuring a wide variety of sports programming.

To add to your service, call 444-1234, 999-1234, or toll free 1-888-586-3100.

*There is a one month minimum subscription required for both PBTV Sports and PBTV HD. Service availability depends upon location and some restrictions may apply.

2015 Youth Tour Winner, Heather VikreHeather Vikre Wins the PBC 2015 Youth Tour Essay Contest

Paul Bunyan Communications has selected Heather Vikre as the winner of the cooperative's 2015 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Heather is currently a junior at Walker Hackensack Akeley High School, is the daughter of David & Penny Vikre, and will attend the 2015 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. May 30-June 3, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.

The trip features a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecom, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions affect the industry. The tour allows youth to meet with members of Congress who represent rural constituents. They also participate in educational sessions about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Students visit some of the nation's most historic sites, including Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museums, and a beautiful night tour of our Washington D.C.

"The FRS Youth Tour is a unique opportunity for a local student from our area to visit Washington D.C. to gain a better perspective on how regulatory decisions impact our cooperative and rural areas. Heather will also get the chance to see a lot of historic sites in our nation's capital!" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

The Foundation for Rural Service is dedicated to informing and to improving the quality of life throughout rural America. Each year, it organizes the Youth Tour, designed to educate rural youth about the telecommunications industry and the federal political process. The FRS is a subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which Paul Bunyan Communications is a member.

This is the 19th consecutive year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school junior to the Youth Tour.

Paul Bunyan Communications2015 Scholarship Opportunities from Paul Bunyan Communications

Paul Bunyan Communications is committed to the communities we serve and provides over $40,000 annually in scholarships to local students within our service territory.  We also offer local students the chance to apply for one statewide industry scholarship and one national industry scholarship.  If you are a current high school senior or a student at one of the local post-secondary institutions, you can apply to win a Paul Bunyan Communications Scholarship!

High School Scholarships

Bemidji High School, Bigfork High School, Blackduck High School, Cass Lake High School, Deer River High School, Grand Rapids High School, Kelliher High School, Laporte High School, Northome High School, Park Rapids High School, Red Lake High School, and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High SchoolEach year, our cooperative provides at least 2, $500 scholarships to 12 area high schools within or near our service territory.  The application process, winners, and distribution of funds are handled by each high school independent of Paul Bunyan Communications.

Paul Bunyan Communications Scholarships are available at Bemidji High School, Bigfork High School, Blackduck High School, Cass Lake High School, Deer River High School, Grand Rapids High School, Kelliher High School, Laporte High School, Northome High School, Park Rapids High School, Red Lake High School, and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School

To apply for the Paul Bunyan Communications Scholarship at one of these high schools, please speak to the high school counselor or career service office.

Post-Secondary Scholarships

In addition to High School Scholarships, Paul Bunyan Communications provides scholarship opportunities to the following post secondary institutions: Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College, Itasca Community College, Red Lake Nation College, and Oak Hills Christian College.

 

Bemidji State UniversityThere are several scholarships totaling over $20,000 annually available to students attending Bemidji State University that are current members of Paul Bunyan Communications or a parent/legal guardian is a member. Deadline for applications has passed (February 1).

 

Northwest Technical CollegeOne $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a NTC student that is a current member or who has a parent/legal guardian that is a member of Paul Bunyan Communications. Applications are available in the NTC Admissions office or online at www.NTCmn.edu under scholarships. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.



Red Lake Nation CollegeItasca Community CollegeOne $500 scholarship is awarded annually at Itasca Community College, Red Lake Nation College, Leech Lake Tribal College and Oak Hills Christian College to a student that is a current member or who has a parent/legal guardian that is a member of Paul Bunyan Communications.

Oak Hills Christian CollegeLeech Lake Tribal CollegeTo apply for the Paul Bunyan Communications Scholarship at one of these post-secondary institutions, speak to the Admissions or Career Service office at the school you attend.

Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship

Minnesota Telecom AlliancePaul Bunyan Communications participates in the MTA's scholarship program which awards five $2,000 scholarships to Minnesota high school seniors each year.

Deadline for applications has passed (February 27).

A telecom alliance panel reviews each application and selects the finalists based on applicants’ grades, academic achievements and extra-curricular activities.  Preference to receive the scholarships is given to students who have an interest in telecommunications technology and rural communities.

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade organization representing 86 telephone companies and cooperatives in the state.

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship

Foundation for Rural ServicePaul Bunyan Communications participates in the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarship program which awards 30 $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors throughout the country each year.

Deadline for applications has passed (March 2).

Please note the applicant or their parent/legal guardian must be a member of Paul Bunyan Communications (PBC) Cooperative to apply through PBC and that a signature of a PBC employee is required to be considered eligible.

Established in 1994, FRS, in cooperation with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout Rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues.  In keeping with its mission, furthering the education of rural youth is one of the foundation’s primary focuses. Our cooperative, Paul Bunyan Communications, is a member of NTCA and is proud to support FRS in this worthy endeavor.