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Expansion Projects

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, and many townships near those municipalities.
 

Expansion Plans

2015

Trout Lake Township

Paul Bunyan Communications expanded its all-fiber optic communications network into the Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids in 2014. Most of the projected was completed as planned but there are a couple of areas that will require construction in the spring before services can be made available.

Service applications are being accepted at our Grand Rapids office.

Further expansion in the rural areas around Grand Rapids is expected in 2015.

Rural Park Rapids

We continue surveying rural areas outside of the city of Park Rapids to determine where there is enough interest to expand our all-fiber optic network even further in 2015.

The 2015 expansion survey areas include the area northwest of Two Inlets (Boot and Mud Lake) along with the area south of city limits to Blueberry Bridge Drive and as far east as 3rd Crow Wing Lake/Island Lake. This survey area does NOT include the City of Park Rapids or the City of Nevis.

If you did not receive a survey and would like to find out if your specific location is in our 2015 survey area, please contact our offices toll free at 888-586-3100.

Based on the survey results, specific areas of expansion will be determined in May/June, 2015.


Past Expansion Projects

Rural Areas Of Park Rapids

Started in 2012, more expansion is anticipated in 2015. Service is available to all locations constructed through 2014.

Big Falls

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.

Cass Lake

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.