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Spring Solar Interference Affects PBTV Service

Service interruption of some individual channels may occur for approximately 10 minutes during the late afternoon hours over the next 10-15 day period due to solar interference.  During the interference, reception may range from minor sparkles to loss of reception or picture freezing.

Solar interference occurs each calendar year in both the spring and the fall.

What channels are affected and when will vary over the next 10-15 days.

For more information on solar interference visit http://www.intelsat.com/tools-resources/library/satellite-101/satellite-sun-interference/

Posted: 4 days ago.

Bemidji High School Wrestling Team Make State Tournament; Matches are Thursday, February 27 and available online

Congratulations to the Bemidji High School Wrestling team on making it to the Minnesota High School State Wrestling Tournament!

 All of the team tournament matches are Thursday, February 27 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The tournament is not scheduled to be televised but matches can be seen online at http://www.prepspotlight.tv/MSHSL

The Lumberjacks first match in Class AAA will be against St. Michael-Albertville on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m., the semifinals will be at 1 p.m., and the championship match at 7 p.m.

For more information on the tournament visit https://legacy.mshsl.org/Brackets/bracket.asp?tournamentId=150&bracketId=257

Good luck Lumberjacks and all of the local individual wrestlers who make the tournament from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!

 

Posted: 1 week ago.

2020 Upgrade & Expansion Plans: GigaZone Upgrades Coming to Remaining Areas of Cohasset and Blackduck; Expansion Coming to Pennington Area

To see if you are in the GigaZone or when it may reach you visit GigaZone Availability Map

Upgrades

Every year since 2004 our cooperative has been upgrading portions of our current service area from the older copper based network to our new, all-fiber optic network the GigaZone. It’s work that takes a lot of time and investment, but we are excited that this immense project is almost completed. 2020 upgrade construction will include all the remaining locations of Blackduck and Cohasset not already reached by previous upgrade work. Once these upgrade areas are operational, 99% of the cooperative’s current service territory will be served by our all-fiber optic network and have access to the additional GigaZone services it can provide!

Expansion

The cooperative started expanding into new competitive service areas in 1999 with the overbuild of Bemidji and we’ve continued to expand each year to bring broadband Internet services to those without it and increase our membership base. Past expansion projects have included Bemidji, Cohasset, Grand Rapids, Cass Lake, Lake George, LaPrairie, Park Rapids, Coleraine, Big Falls and other rural areas of Itasca, Hubbard, Beltrami, and St. Louis Counties.

2020 Expansion

This year we will expand further in the Pennington area to the east of Cass Lake and north of Hwy 2.

 2021 Expansion

Recently the cooperative also received a Broadband Grant from the State of Minnesota’s Border to Border Grant Program to expand to an additional 1,353 locations in parts of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and rural portions of Cass, Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis counties. Construction in these areas will start in 2021 with services expected to be available by spring of 2022.

Posted: 1 week ago.

2020 NIAC Basketball Tournament presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is Feb. 21-23 in Cass Lake & Bemidji

The 2020 Men’s & Women’s NIAC Basketball Tournament presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is coming to Cass Lake High School and Oak Hills Christian College​ this weekend!

10 schools from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Manitoba will compete for the 2020 championship.

A tournament pass to take in all the games is only $10 or $6 for students. Single day passes are $5 or $3 for students.

For more information visit https://www.oakhills.edu/athletics/niac-tournament

Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Join us at the 25th Annual Northern Minnesota Builder’s Association Home & Cabin Show March 6-8 in Grand Rapids

The Northern Minnesota Builder’s Association will hold the 25th Annual Home & Cabin Show March 6-8 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 GigaZone Broadband Internet, Whole-home DVR, PBTV Everywhere, On Demand and PBTV HD.

Show Hours are:

Friday, March 6          3-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 7     10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, March 8       Noon-4 p.m.

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!  For more information or to register, visit www.nmbuilders.com

 

Posted: 3 weeks ago.

12 year old from Shevlin wins a 65” Smart HDTV at BSU Men’s Hockey Game

There was recently a winner of the Paul Bunyan Communications Hockey Hot Shots Promotion during a Bemidji State University men’s home hockey game!

Tucker Coombs of Shevlin made his shot at center ice during a period intermission at the Beavers game Saturday, February 1 against Bowling Green to win a 65” Smart HDTV.  Tucker is 12 and a 5th grader at Bagley Elementary.

“I was excited when they called my name to play but was pretty nervous once I got out to center ice.  I decided I was going to try to take it easy and not shoot the puck too hard.  I felt pretty good once I shot the puck and it went right down the middle and in.  I couldn’t believe it!” said Coombs.

“We’ve been sponsoring the contest for a long time dating back to games at the John Glas Fieldhouse and it seems like winners come in bunches.  It’s been a while since someone won at a BSU game but there were two winners within a month back in 2015 and three in one weekend in 2011.   It is a lot of fun to see someone make that shot.  You only get one chance, you’re in front of a crowd, and you are shooting for a small opening from center ice.  It’s not easy but Tucker sure made it look that way! ”said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

You can see video of Tucker making the shot on YouTube https://youtu.be/7mjHWwP-jSE and the view from the stands https://youtu.be/CLUdKNw2iQA

The Paul Bunyan Communications Hockey Hot Shots contest is held during an intermission at select Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey home games.  Three contestants are selected at random to participate each night. All contestants receive a coupon for a free PBTV On Demand movie rental, any contestant hitting the board receives a Paul Bunyan Communications Box of Northland Tackle, and a contestant who puts the puck in the net through the middle of the Hockey Hot Shots board wins up to a 70” Smart HDTV.

Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Grand Rapids 6th Grader Wins Hockey Hot Shots Contest; Gets Big Screen TV

For the second time this season, there was a winner of the Paul Bunyan Communications Hockey Hot Shots Promotion during a Grand Rapids Boys Thunderhawks home hockey game!

Ben Solem made his shot at center ice at the Thunderhawks game Tuesday, January 14 against Cloquet during a period intermission.  Ben is 11, a 6th grader at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, and a pee wee hockey player for Grand Rapids Youth Hockey.

“I’ve grown up watching the Thunderhawks and always wanted to give Hockey Hot Shots a try.  I was just excited to get chosen to shoot, to win was awesome!  I’m pumped to get my own big screen TV.” said Solem.

“We’ve been sponsoring the contest since 2012 and it is a lot of fun to see someone make that shot.  You only get one chance, you’re in front of a crowd, and you are shooting for the small opening from center ice.  It’s not easy but Ben beat the odds and gets to pick out his new Smart HDTV!  ” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

The Paul Bunyan Communications Hockey Hot Shots contest is held during an intermission at each Grand Rapids Boys Hockey home games.  Three contestants are selected at random to participate each night. All contestants receive a coupon for a free PBTV On Demand movie rental, any contestant hitting the board receives a Paul Bunyan Communications Box of Northland Tackle, and a contestant who puts the puck in the net through the middle of the Hockey Hot Shots board wins up to a 70” Smart HDTV.

 

Posted: 4 weeks ago.

Winners of the 5th Annual Pick It Bowl Challenge

Paul Bunyan Communications is excited to announce the winners of the 5th Annual Pick-it Bowl Challenge, a free online contest for participants to pick the winners for the 2019-20 College Bowl games for a chance to win a credit on a Paul Bunyan Communications account.

There were 425 participants this year and the top 10 finishers all won a credit on their Paul Bunyan Communications account.

Winners of the 5th Annual Paul Bunyan Communications Pick-it Bowl Challenge:

1st Place- $500 credit  Michael Hoffman, Bemidji

2nd Place- $250 credit  Fred Luckeroth, Park Rapids

3rd Place- $100 credit  Laurie Weese, Deer River

4th Place- $50 credit    Desire McCray, Bemidji

5th Place- $25 credit    Tie: Katie Nelson, Bemidji and Timothy Howg, Grand Rapids

7th Place- $25 credit    Keith Bartholomaus, Laporte

8th Place- $25 credit    Tie:  David Baughn, Bemidji and Moe Webb, Bemidji

10th Place- $25 credit  Thomas Dent, Laporte

The next Paul Bunyan Communications Pick-It Challenge is March Mania for the College Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Posted: 1 month ago.

Tennis Channel Added to Paul Bunyan Television Service

The Tennis Channel been added to Paul Bunyan Television service and is now available to all PBTV main subscribers on channel 87 or PBTV HD channel 587.

Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. Tennis Channel also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights at the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, ATP World events, WTA competitions, Fed Cup, Laver Cup and the ATP Cup.

“Tennis is a sport many in our region enjoy and our cooperative has featured USTA Quickstart Tennis which introduces young people to the game as part of our annual Cooperative Celebration for over a decade.  The addition of the Tennis Channel will give our customers the opportunity to see the best players in the world in action throughout the year!” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

With comprehensive coverage from most of the top 100 tournaments, the top 10 men and women have been known to play over 900 times in a year on Tennis Channel for live and encore airings.  However, the legends of the sport are not just on the court, they’re also in the broadcasting booth. Tennis Channel has more Hall of Fame talent than any other single-sports network including Lindsay Davenport, Jim Courier, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin and more.

The network’s programming is not limited to match play. Original reports, features, documentaries and online content delve into the behind-the-scenes stories that highlight the history of some of the most influential players to ever step on the court, while introducing our audience to today’s up-and-coming talents. Tennis Channel also looks beyond the professionals at the net with lifestyle, travel, instructional and news programming that is unavailable anywhere else.

Posted: 2 months ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Introduces GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 Technology

The world’s most powerful Wi-Fi is now available locally from Paul Bunyan Communications announced!  GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 technology is now available to all locations within the GigaZone.

GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi leverages the all-fiber optic network of the GigaZone to deliver gigabit speeds wirelessly throughout a home or business with coverage up to 3x greater than Wi-Fi 5.  The GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi 6 router also provides increased data capacity and significant improvements in latency – up to 75% lower for gaming and video streaming.  https://paulbunyan.net/gigazoneblastwi-fi/

“Our cooperative leads the way when bringing the latest in communication technology to the region and we are proud to be the first to offer Wi-Fi 6 technology to our customers.  We can all see that the number of internet connected devices in our homes is increasing and it’s important that our membership has the very best broadband experience possible.  GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi is faster, stronger, and includes more security features than ever before,” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

In addition to the increased speed, security, and coverage, GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi also provides peace of mind.  The cooperative installs and maintains the GigaZone Blast router and our local technical support team is right here to help keep it working worry free throughout the year.

As the Internet provider with the largest and fastest all-fiber optic network in the region, our cooperative is providing wired Internet service at very high speed.  That speed, however, can be dramatically impacted by a wireless router. Older routers may not be able to handle the higher speed Internet you are receiving.  GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi ensures you are getting the best possible wireless connections in your home or business.

“Wi-Fi technology has evolved rapidly and not only will Wi-Fi 6 technology provide more speed and reach farther but it also improves performance when there are multiple devices connected to the network” said Leo Anderson Jr., Paul Bunyan Communications Technology Experience Manager. “Even better for our membership, it’s low cost.  You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a router to get the best Wi-Fi available!”

GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi 6 can be added to GigaZone Internet service for only $5 per month and all new GigaZone customers can get GigaZone Blast Wi-Fi free for the first 6 months.

Posted: 2 months ago.