Home | Contact & Offices | Support | Weather & News | Live Chat | 888-586-3100 · 218-444-1234 · 218-999-1234 |FacebookTwitterLinkdIn
Paul Bunyan Communications - right here
My Billing
Check E-mail
PBTV Guide
Live Chat

News & Events

Paul Bunyan Communications has been awarded a national TeleChoice Award by the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association during their Annual 2017 PR & Marketing ConferencePaul Bunyan Communications Named 2017 Complete Marketing Campaign Award Winner

Paul Bunyan Communications has been awarded a national TeleChoice Award by the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association during their Annual 2017 PR & Marketing Conference. The annual awards program honors excellence in public relations and marketing.

Paul Bunyan Communications was given the TeleChoice Award for their complete marketing campaign of the GigaZone Gaming Championship, the first stadium style eSporting event in the region held last November at the Sanford Center. Entries were judged on innovative strategies, design, writing, creativity and other elements specific to each category.

"We are honored to receive this national award for marketing. The GigaZone Gaming Championship was a first of its kind event we brought to the region last year aimed at gaming enthusiasts of all kinds. We spent a lot of time on the creative aspects of the campaign to ensure the message would resonate with the gaming community but also would appeal to the general public. It was a very successful event and one that will continue in the years to come. The 2017 GigaZone Gaming Championship is set for September 29-30 and will be even bigger and better than our first event last year!" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

"Congratulations to Paul Bunyan Communications on their 2017 TeleChoice Award" said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. "Creating their eSport event, the GigaZone Gaming Championship, and bringing it to customers in rural northern Minnesota is unique in the industry. It shows their commitment to their community and their willingness to be industry innovators and leaders, whether that's creating one of the largest rural all-fiber optic gigabit broadband network, or creating this wonderful gaming event. The marketing of the event was unique, creative and essential to its success. The award is well deserved and hard earned."

Annual Meeting & Cooperative Celebration Held Wednesday, May 24

2017 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2017 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingThe 2017 Cooperative Celebration saw one of the nicest days of the event's history, drawing over 6,200 to our Bemidji headquarters on May 24 and making the night another resounding success!

The 61st Annual Business Meeting of Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative was held prior to the Open House at 3:30 p.m. The meeting included reports for the 2016 fiscal year and the re-election of board directors Tim Hins, District 9 and Bruce Campbell, District 7 both who were unopposed at their respective Caucus held in April.

2017 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingThe Cooperative Celebration was open to the public and featured a free walleye dinner prepared by the Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry Crew and Lueken's Village Foods, door prizes, kids' activities like face painting, balloons, temporary tattoos, storytelling, animals and entertainment from the Headwaters Science Center, United States Tennis Association's Quickstart Tennis, Concordia Language Villages, and special guests all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Nickelodeon and Cleatus the Fox Sports Robot. Kent Dudley as Elvis provided the musical entertainment.

2017 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingSpecial thanks to the over 130 employees of Paul Bunyan Communications who made the event possible and run as smooth as possible! We would also like to thank the Bemidji Fire Department, Lueken's Village Foods, The Party Store, Minnesota State Patrol, Bemidji Police Department, Beltrami County Sheriff's Department, Paul Bunyan Transit, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Headwater's Science Center, Port-Able John, Bemidji Citizen's Patrol, Bemidji Area Tennis Association, Boy Scouts, Concordia Language Villages, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji, and Raphael's Bakery for all their help.

2016 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2016 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

2016 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting2016 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting

 

Ashley Benes of Grand Rapids is the recipient of a $2,500 college scholarship from Paul Bunyan Communications and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS)Paul Bunyan Communications Announces Winner in National College Scholarship Program for Rural Youth

We are excited to announce that Ashley Benes of Grand Rapids is the recipient of a $2,500 college scholarship from Paul Bunyan Communications and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

Ashley is the daughter of Anthony and Joyce Benes and a senior at Grand Rapids High School. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and major in either Biology or Kinesiology then go to medical school to be an orthopedic doctor.

The FRS scholarship program awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to rural youth across the United States. Out of over 1,500 applications received this year, 47 scholarships were awarded. The goal of the scholarship program is to help further higher education opportunities among rural high school students.

In addition to providing the opportunity for local students to apply for a statewide scholarship through the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) and the national FRS scholarship program, Paul Bunyan Communications provides over $30,000 in scholarships annually to local students from within the cooperative's service territory. The scholarships are awarded through area high schools including Grand Rapids and Deer River along with post-secondary institutions like Itasca Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, and Bemidji State University.

"Congratulations Ashley! We are honored to offer this additional scholarship opportunity to students in northern Minnesota," said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor. "Our cooperative has had a commitment to education in the region for a long time and the FRS scholarship program enables rural telecommunications providers like us to show additional support of the youth living the communities they serve. It is a source of tremendous pride for us that Ashley was selected as a recipient this year!"

Paul Bunyan Communications is bringing Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron to the 2nd Street Stage festivities in downtown Park Rapids on Thursday, June 29 from 6-8 p.m. Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron is coming to Park Rapids June 29

Paul Bunyan Communications is bringing Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron to the 2nd Street Stage festivities in downtown Park Rapids on Thursday, June 29 from 6-8 p.m.

Bring the kids and your camera to get free pictures with Jimmy Neutron and all guests receive a free gift, parents included!

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association 2nd Street Stage event on June 29 is sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications will feature the music of the Plott Hounds, a beer garden, food vendors, and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71. Bring your own chair.

The Plott Hounds came together in 2014 and are heavily inspired by '70s rockers of old like The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They aim to put their own spin on the classic southern rock sound. Part southern and part midwest, band members are from Atlanta and Anoka.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsPaul Bunyan Communications Will Not Sell Customer Web Browsing History

Recently new federal legislation was passed that allows Internet Service Providers to sell their customers' web browsing history. Paul Bunyan Communications wants to reassure its members that no matter what the law allows they do not collect and sell member's web browsing history.

"Our members' privacy is of the utmost importance to our member-owned and governed cooperative. We have never sold member web browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future regardless of what the rules and regulations may allow," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

"As you might imagine we are getting calls from concerned customers and members of our cooperative as the news of this new legislation spreads. We feel it is extremely important to reassure our customers that our cooperative will not sell their web browsing history. It's your cooperative and your data, period. Any provider who sells their customers' web browsing history without their consent is putting profits ahead of the trust of its customers and we believe that flies in the face of common decency, customer privacy, and certainly our cooperative values and principles," added Johnson.

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.