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GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan CommunicationThe GigaZone Comes to Hines and areas of Blackduck

One of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the United States continues to grow; Now available to more than 33,400 locations in northern Minnesota

The GigaZone has come to Hines and areas of Blackduck. As a result of continued upgrades to the Cooperative's all-fiber optic communications network over 700 more locations now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan Communication"We've made great progress on upgrading our network to incorporate even more members into the GigaZone over the past several months. I'm very proud of all the hard work our cooperative has put in so far as we put our membership and region at the forefront of the very latest in communication networks. We will continue to do as much as we can to bring the GigaZone to all our members and the communities we serve as fast as we can." said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

The GigaZone is currently available to over 33,400 locations, making it one of the largest rural all-fiber optic networks in the United States! Check out our online map showing the current areas of the GigaZone as well as those that will be constructed/upgraded in the future.

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.

"If you are wondering when the GigaZone will reach you, the online map of the active areas and plans for the next two years is a great resource." added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

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 long distance 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.

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.

Lucia Laituri won the Paul Bunyan Communications 2017 Youth Tour Essay Contest and Trip to Washington D.C.Lucia Laituri of Bemidji High School selected as the Paul Bunyan Communications Youth Tour Essay Contest Winner

Paul Bunyan Communications has selected Lucia Laituri as the winner of the cooperative's 2017 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Lucia is currently a junior at Bemidji High School, is the daughter of Ron and Annie Laituri. She will attend the 2017 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 3-7, 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. Lucia 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 21st consecutive year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school student to the Youth Tour.

NCAA March MadnessGet ready for NCAA® March Madness® March 14-April 3 on PBTV and PBTV Everywhere

It's tournament time! Watch live coverage, from the First Four® to the Final Four® which culminates with the NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship on CBS!

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. PBTV Everywhere is free to all PBTV subscribers and provides access to various network shows, music, and even some live TV from their computer, tablet, or smart phone. To sign up for PBTV Everywhere, click here

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.

Must subscribe to PBTV service to receive PBTV Everywhere. Some restrictions may apply. NCAA, March Madness, First Four and Final Four are trademarks owned or licensed by The National Collegiate Athletic Association. TBS, TNT and truTV are trademarks of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.

Bemidji JayceesJoin Paul Bunyan Communications at the 40th Annual Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport, and Travel Show March 31-April 2

Join Paul Bunyan Communications at the 40th Annual Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport, and Travel Show March 31-April 2 at the Sanford Center.

Stop by our exhibit at the show to pick up a free gift while supplies last and check out services like our GigaZone Broadband Internet, PBTV HD, Whole-home DVR, PBTV Everywhere, and PBTV On Demand.

Show Hours are:

  • Friday, March 31: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsDistrict 7 Cooperative Caucus is Thursday, April 6

The District 7 Cooperative Caucus will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at the Northern Township Town Hall.

The purpose of the caucus meeting is to nominate a director candidate or candidates to represent your district on the Paul Bunyan Communications Board of Directors. The current director from your district is Bruce Campbell and he will be seeking re-election. Directors serve a five-year term, with District Seven's next term expiring in the year 2022. Once a person or persons are nominated at the district meeting, up to two names are put onto a ballot and voted on by the general membership of the cooperative. Votes are tallied at the Annual Meeting, and results are announced at that time. Nominees with the greatest numbers of votes from the general membership will be elected Director for the district.

Please be aware of the cooperative caucus voting rules of one vote per membership and how that applies to married couples, businesses, etc. This includes understanding who is authorized on your account and therefore eligible to vote at the caucus. Often times a husband or wife may sign up for service but not put the other spouse on the account and establish "joint membership". In that instance, per the cooperative's bylaws, only the husband or wife who is on the account is authorized to vote. If you have any questions about your voting eligibility for this caucus, please call our offices.

The Expectations of a Director for Paul Bunyan Communications can be found on our website at or on page 49 of the information section in the 2017 Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory. Article III, Section 2(b) of the cooperative bylaws states the required qualifications of a Director which can be found on our website at or on pages 43-47 of the information section in the 2017 Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory. Please refer to these qualifications when considering nominations for a Director to represent your district or becoming a candidate yourself.

In addition to being an opportunity to nominate persons to represent District Seven, your caucus meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask questions concerning the cooperative. The meeting will be attended by several key management staff.

The caucus is only open to members of the cooperative from District 7.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsDistrict 9 Cooperative Caucus is Tuesday, April 4

The District 9 Cooperative Caucus will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at the Turtle Lake Town Hall north of Bemidji.

The purpose of the caucus meeting is to nominate a director candidate or candidates to represent your district on the Paul Bunyan Communications Board of Directors. The current director from your district is current Board Treasurer Tim Hins and he will be seeking re-election. Directors serve a five-year term, with District Nine's next term expiring in the year 2022. Once a person or persons are nominated at the district meeting, up to two names are put onto a ballot and voted on by the general membership of the Cooperative. Votes are tallied at the Annual Meeting, and results are announced at that time. Nominees with the greatest numbers of votes from the general membership will be elected Director for the district.

Please be aware of the cooperative caucus voting rules of one vote per membership and how that applies to married couples, businesses, etc. This includes understanding who is authorized on your account and therefore eligible to vote at the caucus. Often times a husband or wife may sign up for service but not put the other spouse on the account and establish "joint membership". In that instance, per the cooperative's bylaws, only the husband or wife who is on the account is authorized to vote. If you have any questions about your voting eligibility for this caucus, please call our offices.

The Expectations of a Director for Paul Bunyan Communications can be found on our website at or on page 49 of the information section in the 2017 Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory. Article III, Section 2(b) of the cooperative bylaws states the required qualifications of a Director which can be found on our website at or on pages 43-47 of the information section in the 2017 Minnesota Gold Telephone Directory. Please refer to these qualifications when considering nominations for a Director to represent your district or becoming a candidate yourself.

In addition to being an opportunity to nominate persons to represent District Nine, your caucus meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask questions concerning the cooperative. The meeting will be attended by several key management staff.

The caucus is only open to members of the cooperative from District 9.

Paul Bunyan Communications2017 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, Leech Lake Tribal 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. Applications are available in the BSU Admissions Office. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

Itasca Community CollegeRed Lake Nation 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.

The application for 2017 can be downloaded from the MTA scholarship page or from the link below and must be turned in to Paul Bunyan Communications no later than March 1, 2017.

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.

Applications can also be downloaded from the FRS scholarship program page or the link below.

Completed applications should be sent directly to FRS, postmarked no later than March 1, 2017. 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.

National Foodshare MonthMarch is National FoodShare Month

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

  • Grand Rapids Area Food Shelf
  • Bemidji Community Food Shelf
  • Northome Community Food Shelf  897-5747
  • Redby Community Food Shelf  679-3530
  • Walker Food Shelf  547-1713
  • Deer River Area Food Shelf  246-2500
  • Trinity Lutheran Food Shelf of Laporte  224-2200
  • Hubbard County Food Shelf  732-1282