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2015 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting & Cooperative Celebration Held Wednesday, May 20

The 2015 Cooperative Celebration saw one of the nicest days of the event's history, drawing thousands to our Bemidji headquarters on May 20 and making the night another resounding success!

The 59th Annual Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative was held prior to the Open House at 3:30 p.m. The meeting included reports for the 2014 fiscal year and the proposed bylaw amendments were also approved with 1771 in favor, 82 against.

2015 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingThe Cooperative Celebration was open to the public and featured a free walleye dinner prepared by the Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry Crew and Lueken's Village Foods, door prizes, kids' activities like face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos, storytelling, animals and entertainment from the Headwaters Science Center, United States Tennis Association's Quickstart Tennis, Concordia Language Villages, and special guests Millie, Bot, and Geo from Nickelodeon's Team Umizoomi. Sam Miltich and Friends from Grand Rapids provided the musical entertainment.

2015 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingSpecial thanks to the over 130 employees of Paul Bunyan Communications who made the event possible and run as smooth as possible! We would also like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department, Lueken's Village Foods, The Party Store, Minnesota State Patrol, Bemidji Police Department, Beltrami County Sheriff's Department, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater's Science Center, Port-Able John, Bemidji Citizen's Patrol, Bemidji Area Tennis Association, Boy Scouts, Concordia Language Villages, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji, and Raphael's Bakery for all their help.

We look forward to the 2016 Cooperative Celebration!

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.

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.