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.
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
Paul Bunyan Communications will continue to expand the all fiber optic network in rural Park Rapids with construction in two main areas outside of city limits.
- North and West Two Inlets. Area will be include locations on Boot and Mud Lake, along with the southern part of Hart Lake and various locations in between.
- East of the city of Park Rapids. Area will be south of Peysenke Lake and east of Long Lake stretching from south 5th Crow Wing Lake in the north to south of Duck and Round Lake to the south. This includes the following lake areas: Sunday, Little Stony, Big Stony, 4th Crow Wing, Island, 3rd Crow Wing, 2nd Crow Wing, Palmer, and most of 1st Crow Wing.
Locations included in this year’s expansion will be mailed more information prior to construction reaching the area.
Past Expansion Projects
Rural Areas Of Park Rapids
Started in 2012. Service is available to all locations constructed through 2014.
Trout Lake Township
Started in 2014 and will be completed in 2015. Service is available to all locations constructed in 2014
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.
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.