Paul Bunyan Communications became one of the first telecommunication companies in the country to build a brand new network into a previously monopoly regulated environment. It started in 1999 with construction in the Bemidji area and since that time we have built out the entire Bemidji telephone exchange, all areas within the cities of Cohasset, Grand Rapids, and LaPrairie, along with areas including Lake George, Cass Lake, Rural Park Rapids and many townships near those municipalities.
Future expansion is anticipated in 2016 with final expansion plans expected in the spring.
Past Expansion Projects
Rural Areas Of Park Rapids
Started in 2012. Service is available to all locations constructed through 2015: North and West Two Inlets including locations on Boot and Mud Lake, the southern part of Hart Lake and various locations in between, East of the city of Park Rapids,south of Peysenke Lake and east of Long Lake stretching from south 5th Crow Wing Lake in the north to south of Duck and Round Lake to the south including the following lake areas: Sunday, Little Stony, Big Stony, 4th Crow Wing, Island, 3rd Crow Wing, 2nd Crow Wing, Palmer, and most of 1st Crow Wing.
Trout Lake Township
Started in 2014, completed in 2015. Service is available to all locations in Trout Lake Township.
Started and completed in 2012. Service is available to all locations within the city limits of the City of Big Falls and some locations near the city limits.
Started in 2007, completed in 2008. Service is available to most, but not all locations within the Cass Lake telephone exchange (335 landline phone exchange). However, due to permitting issues, we were not able to expand to all areas as previously planned.
For those locations within the Cass Lake telephone exchange where construction was not completed, we do not know if or when we will be able to expand to your area. Our cooperative is trying to expedite the permitting process but it is beyond our control.
Lake George - Completed
Started in 2007, completed in 2008. Service is available to all locations within the Lake George/Itasca State Park area (266 landline phone exchange).
City of Grand Rapids - Completed
Started in 2005, completed 2007. Service is available to all locations within the city limits of the City of Grand Rapids.
City of Cohasset - Completed
Started in 2004, completed 2006. Service is available to all locations within the city limits of the City of Cohasset.
Bemidji Telephone Exchange - Completed
Started in 1999, completed in 2006. Service is available to all locations within the Bemidji Telephone Exchange, those with landline phone prefixes of 751, 755, or 759 prior to 1999.