News & Events
For the first time, the GigaZone has come to areas of Turtle River, Puposky, and Tenstrike along with additional areas of Bemidji. As a result of these upgrades to the Cooperative's all-fiber optic communications network over 2,800 more locations now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second.
"We're making great progress on upgrading our network to incorporate even more members into the GigaZone and over the next several months we'll be activating the GigaZone in many more areas. 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 21,600 locations including all of the cooperative's service area of rural Park Rapids, Lake George, Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids, most of Grand Rapids, and areas of Bemidji, Cohasset, LaPrairie, Turtle River, Tenstrike, and Puposky.
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 this year 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.
Five more networks, AMC, WeTV, IFC, BBC America, and Sundance, are now a part of PBTV Everywhere!
AMC, WeTV, and IFC are part of the main PBTV service and available to all PBTV digital subscribers through PBTV Everywhere.
BBC America and Sundance are a part of PBTV Extra and available through PBTV Everywhere to all PBTV Extra subscribers.
PBTV customers can watch programs on their computer, smart phone, gaming systems, or tablet with PBTV Everywhere. It's free and all you need is Internet access.
PBTV customers have access to view PBTV Everywhere content from the networks they receive as part of their regular PBTV service.
The World Fishing Network has been added in high definition and is now available to all PBTV HD subscribers who also subscribe to PBTV Sports.
World Fishing Network HD is on channel 575 and is North America's only television network, online and mobile platform dedicated exclusively to fishing and outdoor enthusiasts with programming that covers instruction, tips, tournaments, travel, food, boating, outdoor lifestyle and more. The World Fishing Network lineup includes a selection of the best North American and international series and the most diverse species coverage of any TV channel hosted by some of the top anglers from North America and across the globe.
Service interruption of some individual channels will occur for approximately 10-15 minutes during the late afternoon hours through Saturday, October 15 due to solar interference. During the interference, reception will 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 through October 15.
The Sportsman Channel has been added in high definition and is now available to all PBTV HD subscribers who also subscribe to PBTV Sports.
Sportsman Channel HD is on channel 570 and provides an intimate look inside the hunting, fishing and shooting worlds through the lens of men and women who don't just watch, but truly live the outdoor lifestyle. With shows like "North American Whitetail TV," "Winchester Deadly Passion" and "Bill Dance Outdoors" the bold and unique network speaks directly to tens of millions of enthusiastic hunters and anglers in their own language.
Over $2.2 Million Returned to Members of Paul Bunyan Communications
Paul Bunyan Communications is returning over $2.2 million to members through its 2016 Capital Credit return.
Paul Bunyan Communications has mailed out checks to its members representing the remaining capital credits earned in 2001 and 20% of capital credits earned in 2015. All subscribers who were a member in either of those years and accrued over $10 total in capital credit allocations should receive a check in the next few days. The use of capital credit allocations are the cooperative's way of individually identifying each member's share of the company's annual net margins.
“We are extremely proud to once again issue capital credit returns to our members,” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, “our cooperative remains strong because of the high quality of services we provide, loyalty of our members, leadership of the Board of Directors, and our dedicated employees.”
As a cooperative, Paul Bunyan Communications is owned by the members it serves. Once a member, services that apply towards capital credit allocations include local phone service, Paul Bunyan Long Distance, Broadband High Speed Internet service from Paul Bunyan Net, Paul Bunyan Television, and Minnesota Gold Yellow Page Advertising.
“This is a win-win for both the cooperative and our loyal members. They get high quality communication services at affordable rates and they share in our success,” said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor, “the return a member receives is based on the member?s patronage and our profit margin from that particular year.”
“In today's for-profit business world, it is rare that a customer gets money back from a service provider,” added Dave Schultz, Chief Finance Officer, “your cooperative's structure allows us to give back to those who make us successful. It is truly providing service at cost.”
If you were a member of the cooperative in 2001 and/or 2015 and accrued more than $10 in total capital credit allocations, but do not receive a check by October 5, please contact Paul Bunyan Communications at (218) 444-1234 or (218) 999-1234.
Capital Credits are distributed whenever economically feasible as determined by the Paul Bunyan Communications Board of Directors. Past performance of capital credit returns are no guarantee of future payouts.
Seven new networks have been added to PBTV! Justice Central has been added for all digital subscribers, while six new .TV networks have been added to PBTV HD service.
Justice Central is available to all PBTV digital subscribers on channel 287 or in HD on channel 787 and is the one and only court television network featuring Emmy-nominated court shows and Emmy-Award-winning judges. With shows like America's Court With Judge Ross and Justice For All With Cristina Perez, the audience is taken into the courtroom where distinguished judges evaluate their litigants' testimonies.
The networks below are now available to all PBTV HD subscribers:
CARS.TV is on PBTV HD channel 781 and is an adrenaline pumping network showcasing the collectors, designers, innovators and the ultimate car enthusiasts
COMEDY.TV is on PBTV HD channel 782 and features today's funniest comedians, & a mix of live concert performances, talk and variety shows, sitcoms & movies.
PETS.TV is on PBTV HD channel 783 and celebrates the pets we love and the people who love them. Pet News, Pet Care, Pet Health and Pet Lifestyles.
ES.TV is on PBTV HD channel 784 and is dedicated to entertainment news, variety shows, celebrity profiles and today's hottest superstars
RECIPE.TV is on PBTV HD channel 785 features famous chefs, amazing recipes, wonderful food and delicious cuisine from around the world
MYDESTINATION.TV is on PBTV HD channel 786 and offers the best in luxury travel featuring fun, exciting, exotic must-see destinations around the world
Paul Bunyan Communications has added Disney Junior in high definition to PBTV HD service.
Disney Junior HD is on channel 714 and is available to all PBTV HD subscribers who also subscribe to PBTV Extra*. Disney Junior has content featuring characters classic and new from the Disney world, and this February the network celebrated five years as the top TV brand for preschoolers.
PBTV Extra is a package of over 40 additional cable networks covering a wide variety of genres including sports, news, music, and entertainment that can be added to PBTV main service for only $9.99 per month.
Paul Bunyan Communications awarded State of Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Grant for portions of Central Itasca County
Cooperative will bring Broadband network to over 1,250 locations
Paul Bunyan Communications has been awarded a Border to Border Broadband Grant from the state of Minnesota to expand its fiber optic services to portions of central Itasca County in partnership with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) and Itasca County.
As a result, the cooperative will begin expansion construction next spring that will pass over 1,250 locations in portions of Balsam Township, Lawrence Township, Nashwauk Township, and the city of Taconite. Final expansion plans that will determine the locations to be passed are expected by early spring.
"This is very exciting news for so many people who are currently without access to broadband in central Itasca County and it is a truly collaborative effort that makes it possible. Our cooperative has a long history of expanding our network to underserved areas but it has become increasingly challenging to go it alone without grant support. The support offered by both IRRRB and Itasca County has been phenomenal.Additionally, the Itasca Economic Development Corporation wasinstrumental in building community support and providing guidancethrough the grant application process. The irony is these areas will not only get Broadband access, they'll go from no real access to becoming a part of one of the largest rural Gigabit networks in the country. Many will go from satellite and dial up to speeds of up to a Gigabit per second," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.
Paul Bunyan Communications expects to finalize the expansion plans by early spring and will contact all locations along the expansion route shortly thereafter. Construction will start in the early summer and will be completed by June 30, 2017. While the general area of the expansion is determined, the specific locations that it will pass will depend upon the final network design. Those in the region interested on keeping up to date on the project can look for updates on the Paul Bunyan website or join the Paul Bunyan Communications Central Itasca Fiber Project Group on Facebook.
"I am really excited about this project and the positive impact it will have on people's lives. Students will have access to educational resources, employees will be able to work from home, seniors will be able to stay in their homes longer with telemedicine, and a rural medical clinic will finally get the connectivity it has needed for years." added Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications Information Technology and Development Manager.
"In addition to the local partnerships we've formed that makes this a reality, no project would have gotten off the ground if it wasn't for the hard work of our elected officials who championed the Border to Border Broadband Grant Program. I want to thank all of them and also the Office of Broadband Development that oversees the program. This is going to make a world of difference in so many ways to a lot of people in central Itasca County!" said Johnson.
All of the cooperative's services will become available once the network is operational including GigaZone service options like unprecedented Broadband Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit, PBTV Fusion and low cost unlimited local and long distance GigaZone voice service. There is no membership fee to join Paul Bunyan Communications, membership is included by subscribing to either local phone service or GigaZone Internet service.