News & Events
Paul Bunyan Communication Broadband High Speed Internet is now optimized for Netflix, delivering customers the best possible streaming video experience.
Paul Bunyan Communications has directly connected its network to the Netflix Open Connect content delivery network (CDN), optimizing the Netflix experience for Paul Bunyan Communication Broadband High Speed Internet customers. This means that customers can expect a better picture quality and faster startup times, including many titles in 1080p full high definition and, coming soon, titles in Ultra HD 4k.
"Rather than have the Netflix experience go through regional or national networks, Paul Bunyan Communications Broadband High Speed Internet customers now have a direct connection to Netflix content that ensures superior viewing and more extensive content," said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor. "Additionally, the combination of Netflix Open Connect with Paul Bunyan Communication's fiber-to-the-home advanced Broadband Internet services provides an optimum viewing experience for our cooperative members."
Netflix service is automatically optimized for Paul Bunyan Communications Broadband service subscribers. There is no action required by Netflix subscribers.
NCAA® March Madness Live® will provide college basketball fans with unparalleled multi-screen digital access to the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Don’t miss a single shot on TNT, CBS, TBS, and truTV on Paul Bunyan Television, in high definition with PBTV HD, or on the go with PBTV Everywhere.
NCAA® March Madness Live® on PBTV Everywhere will provide an unlimited viewing experience throughout CBS Sports and Turner Sports' coverage of the entire tournament. Fans will have access to all games on TNT, TBS and truTV on the digital device of their choice, by signing up and logging in to PBTV Everywhere, and all games broadcast on CBS with no registration required.
PBTV Everywhere is free to all PBTV subscribers*.
For the fourth consecutive year, all 67 games of the tournament will again be available live on PBTV in their entirety across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.
"Whether viewing on a big-screen TV or a computer, tablet, or smart phone, Paul Bunyan Television subscribers can enjoy the excitement of March Madness anywhere they are and however they choose," said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor. "With Turner's commitment to TV Everywhere, passionate fans can use NCAA March Madness Live® as either a first- or second-screen interactive experience to enjoy all 67 tournament games."
*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.
Fox Sports 2, PBTV channel 67, is now a part of PBTV Extra.
Fox Sports 2 is an extension of Fox Sports 1 and also offer viewers live UFC, motocross, prestigious soccer competitions and more.
PBTV Extra is a package of over 40 additional channels that can be added to Paul Bunyan Television service for $9.99 a month. One month minimum subscription is required and some restrictions may apply.
The Northern Minnesota Builder's Association will hold the 19th Annual Home & Cabin Show March 7-9 at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids.
Be sure to stop by the Paul Bunyan Communications exhibit at the show to pick up a free gift while supplies last and learn more about our services including Broadband Internet up to 150 Mbps, Whole-home DVR, PBTV Everywhere, On Demand and PBTV HD.
Show Hours are:
This event is sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications and includes booths featuring a wide variety of products & services, a silent auction, and a chance to win over lots of prizes!
The annual Headwater's Builders Association's Builders Show sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications is March 15-16 at the National Guard Armory in Bemidji
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Admission is free but you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Bemidji Food Shelf.
47th Annual Grand Rapids Jaycees Home & Sport Show presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is March 21-23
Join Paul Bunyan Communications at the 47th Annual Grand Rapids Jaycees Home & Sport show March 21-23 at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids.
Be sure to register to win the grand prize of the weekend, a $1,500 credit on your Paul Bunyan Communications account! Stop by our exhibit at the show to pick up a free gift while supplies last and check out services like our Broadband Internet, PBTV HD, Whole-home DVR, PBTV Everywhere, and PBTV On Demand.
Show Hours are:
Paul Bunyan Communications is the major sponsor of this event that includes over 100 booths featuring a wide variety of products & services, food, and fun!
March is National Foodshare Month and Paul Bunyan Communications is proud to continue our tradition of donating to every food shelf within or near our service territory again this year. Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign generates half of all the groceries distributed at Minnesota food shelves each year. The food and money that are received in the month of March are partially matched by Minnesota Foodshare. We encourage you to make a donation this month to your local food shelf too and help those less fortunate right here in northern Minnesota!
Local food shelves that Paul Bunyan Communications contributes to include:
Outside Television and Outside Television HD have been added to the PBTV Sports package available through Paul Bunyan Television (PBTV).
Outside Television is the only national programming network dedicated to the active outside lifestyle. Based on Outside Magazine and its critically acclaimed brand, Outside Television embraces running, biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, surfing, kayaking, and any other adventures involving wind, water, snow and terrain; as well as the full spectrum of the people's lives who engage in them.
Outside Television in standard definition can be found on PBTV channel 71 and in high definition on PBTV channel 571.
High School Juniors: Enter the Paul Bunyan Communications Youth Tour Essay Contest for a Chance to Win a Trip to Washington D.C. Deadline is Friday, March 21
Area High School Juniors are encouraged to enter the Paul Bunyan Communications Essay Contest for a chance to attend the 2014 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. May 31-June 4, 2014, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.
Students interested in attending the Youth Tour need to submit a short essay, no more than 500 words in length, on why they would like to attend the Youth Tour. Students must be a junior in high school with their parent/guardian a member of Paul Bunyan Communications Cooperative.
Entries can be dropped off at either Paul Bunyan Communications office or they can mailed to:
The deadline for entries is Friday, March 21.
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.
"We hope that by providing our youth with telecommunications services comparable to those found in urban areas, as well as exposing them to cultural and educational opportunities, such as the FRS Youth Tour, our youth will remain in and become active members in their rural communities," 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 18th consecutive year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school junior to the Youth Tour.
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
Each 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.
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.
There 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. Applications are available in the BSU Admissions Office.
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2014.
One $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, 2014.
To 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
The application for 2014 can be downloaded from the MTA scholarship page. 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
Applications can also be downloaded from the FRS scholarship program page.
Completed applications should be sent directly to FRS, postmarked no later than March 3, 2014. Applications postmarked to FRS after this date will NOT be accepted.
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.