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2021 Scholarship Opportunities from Paul Bunyan Communications

Paul Bunyan Communications is committed to the communities we serve and provides over $35,000 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.

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

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 University

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, 2021.

Northwest Technical College

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, 2021.

Itasca Community College, Red Lake Nation College, Leech Lake Tribal College and Oak Hills Christian College

One $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.

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

Minnesota Telecom Alliance FoundationPaul 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 2020 can be downloaded at https://www.mnta.org/page/Scholarship  and must be turned in to Paul Bunyan Communications no later than February 19, 2021.

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

Minnesota Telecom Alliance FoundationPaul 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 web site at https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships

Completed applications should be sent directly to FRS, postmarked no later than March 5, 2021.  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.

Posted: 4 days ago.

Sign up now for the Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It Pro Football Challenge! Games start Saturday, January 9

Register now for the Paul Bunyan Communications Pick-it Pro Football Challenge, a free online contest for participants to pick the winners of the pro football postseason for a chance to win a up to a $500 credit on a Paul Bunyan Communications account!

The top 10 finishers will win a credit on their Paul Bunyan Communications account. First place winner will receive a $500 credit, second place is a $250 credit, third place is a $100 credit, 4-10th place is a $50 credit, and a $100 credit will also go to whomever finishes in 100th place.

Participants can register for the contest at http://paulbunyan.pickitchallenge.com/   Register anytime but remember to come back to make your picks before the first playoff game starts on Saturday, January 9.

The Pick-it Pro Football Challenge is a fun and free way to interact with others in northern Minnesota and enjoy a little friendly competition.  Must be 18 years of age or older. Limit one entry per person. Prizes not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions may apply. See Pick It Pro Football Challenge website for complete contest rules.

Posted: 1 month ago.

Holiday Office Closures

Holiday office closures for New Years
Thursday, December 31- Our offices will close early at 2 p.m.
Friday, January 1- Our offices will be closed all day
As always, Emergency Repair will be available 24/7 by calling 800-475-8309
Posted: 1 month ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Partners with Pinnacle Marketing Group on Paul Bunyan Television Advertising

Since 2004, Paul Bunyan Communications has offered low cost cable television advertising through Paul Bunyan Television and now the cooperative has partnered with Pinnacle Marketing Group to handle sales and production of PBTV advertising. PBTV Advertising Information

“As we looked at the future of PBTV Advertising, it is a natural fit for Pinnacle Marketing Group (PMG).  PMG is already providing a host of marketing services to the region with a team that will continue to provide the local customer service and marketing guidance our PBTV advertisers deserve.” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

Pinnacle Marketing Group, located in Bemidji, has been providing full-service marketing and advertising solutions to businesses for over 27 years. In addition to PBTV advertising, Pinnacle is also equipped to provide video production services including licensed drone and virtual tour photography.  Pinnacle Marketing Group Website

If you are interested in learning more about PBTV Advertising or any of the marketing/creative services offered by Pinnacle Marketing Group call (218) 444-2180 or e-mail advertise@pinnaclemgp.com

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with PBTV advertising customers as well as add this offering to our suite of marketing services. Paul Bunyan Television continues to be a popular service in our region and provides added value for any business looking to implement an effective marketing strategy.”, says Shelly Geerdes, Pinnacle Marketing Group CEO/General Manager.

Posted: 2 months ago.

How to Pay Your Paul Bunyan Communications Bill

Here are the ways you can pay your bill with us.  If you have any questions, contact us.


My Billing
Online Account

Setup account or login to existing account, view/Pay current bill, billing history, setup auto-pay, paperless billing and more. Your Paul Bunyan Communications account number (found on your bill) and last name or business name will be required to setup the account.

One-Time Payment
Online

Make a payment without setting up an online account. Your Paul Bunyan Communications account number (found on your bill) and last name or business name required.

855-385-9810
Automated Voice Pay

Interactive Voice Response for payments. Your Paul Bunyan Communications account number (found on your bill) and last name or business name required.



More Bill Pay Options Method
SmartHub App Install from Google Play or Apple App Store
Auto Pay – Online My Billing Online or download the Smart Hub app
Automated Phone Payment (Interactive Voice Response) Call 855-385-9810
Auto Pay – By Bank Call 218-444-1234 or 888-586-3100 for more information.
Call Our Office 218-444-1234 or 888-586-3100
Mail Paul Bunyan Communications
1831 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Drop Box: Bemidji Paul Bunyan Communications
1831 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Drop Box: Grand Rapids Paul Bunyan Communications
510 SE 21st Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Posted: 3 months ago.

Itasca County Approves CARES Act Funding for Broadband Expansion to Northern Nashwauk and areas south of Pokegama Lake

At their October 20 meeting, the Itasca County Board of Commissioners approved CARES Act funding to help support Paul Bunyan’s fiber broadband expansion into northern Nashwauk, the Bozich Addition subdivision, and areas of south of Pokegama Lake on Gama Beach, North Gama Beach, and South Gama Beach Roads!

Project Design and engineering work will begin right away. Due to the early freezing weather, services won’t be available until 2021.

Posted: 3 months ago.

Fall Solar Interference Impacts PBTV Service

Service interruption of some individual channels on Paul Bunyan Television may occur during the late afternoon hours through October 15 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. It does not impact internet or telephone service.

What channels are affected and when will vary through October 15.

 

Posted: 4 months ago.

2020 Annual Meeting By Mail Ballot Held June 24

The 2020 Annual Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative was held June 24. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the business of the members to be conducted at the Annual Meeting was done exclusively by mail ballot.  The proposed bylaw amendments were approved with 1844 in favor, 47 against.

Posted: 7 months ago.

Paul Bunyan Communications Returns Capital Credits Early; Over $4.1 Million Distributed, Largest in Cooperative History

Instead of the regular fall distribution, Paul Bunyan Communications has sent out the 2020 Capital Credit return early to its members and it is the largest return in the cooperative’s history, over $4.1 million.

Paul Bunyan Communications is a not for profit company that strives to provide the highest quality service at the most affordable rates.  As a cooperative, membership in Paul Bunyan Communications includes sharing in the financial success of the company. Profits are allocated to the members based on their proportional share of the allocable revenues.  These allocations may then be returned to the individual members through capital credit retirements.

The 2020 distribution includes 20% of credits earned in 2019 and the remaining credits earned in 2002.  For current members with a distribution amount of $100 or less, a credit has been applied to your June bill. Checks have been mailed out to members receiving more than $100.

“The state of the cooperative is strong and our all-fiber optic network, the GigaZone, is one of the largest rural gigabit networks in the country.  This enables our members to keep connected to work from home, distance learn, use telehealth services, watch streaming video, and much more.  To help our members in these current circumstances, our Board of Directors felt strongly about paying out capital credits as aggressively and as quickly as possible” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

“Our cooperative member-owned structure and rural focus allows us to provide technologies and a level of service to our members unlike other providers. We are well prepared and committed to provide our members the critical communication services they need with the local customer service they deserve now and well into the future.  Thank you to all of our members for being a part of Minnesota’s largest broadband cooperative!” added Randy Frisk, Board President.

“Our cooperative provides the latest in technology at cost.  There is no membership fee to join Paul Bunyan Communications and there are no annual membership dues. To become a member of the cooperative, all you need to do is subscribe to either local phone or broadband Internet service. You get the latest in technology backed up by our talented team of over 130 local employees that all live and work here” added Dave Schultz, Paul Bunyan Communications Chief Financial Officer.

If you were a member of the cooperative in 2002 and/or 2019 and accrued more than $10 in total capital credit allocations, but do not receive the credit on your account or a check by June 27, please contact Paul Bunyan Communications at (218) 444-1234 or (218) 999-1234.

Posted: 8 months ago.

HBO Max Now Available; Included with HBO subscription through PBTV

HBO Max, the new streaming service from HBO, is now available through Paul Bunyan Communications.

If you have an HBO subscription as part of your PBTV service, HBO Max is now included at no extra charge!

To access HBO Max, current HBO subscribers can:
• Download the HBO Max App or visit HBO Max Login
• Click “Sign In” (browser) or click the “Person” icon (app)
• Tap “Already Subscribed? Sign In”
• Choose “Sign In through a TV or mobile provider”
• Select Paul Bunyan Communications from the alphabetized drop down
• Sign in using your PBTV Everywhere account credentials
• Set up profiles and stream

If you do not currently subscribe to HBO, there are 2 ways you can get HBO Max from Paul Bunyan Communications:

Add HBO to your PBTV service for $19.95 per month. This subscription includes access to HBO TV networks and HBO Max.

or

Add just HBO Max Streaming Service for $15 per month.  No subscription to PBTV is needed.  This subscription only includes online access to HBO Max Streaming Service

Iconic, genre-defining shows like The Sopranos®. Classic films like The Wizard of Oz, as beloved today as they were years ago. The characters of Sesame Street® that we all grew up with and continue to be our kids’ favorites. HBO Max is home to the movies and shows that are truly the best in entertainment.

HBO Max and related service marks are the property of WarnerMedia Direct, LLC. All rights reserved.

Posted: 8 months ago.