News & Events
PBC Offices Closed Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day
The offices of Paul Bunyan Communications will be closed Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 in observation of the Independence Day holiday. Emergency 24 hour repair will be available and can be reached at 1-800-475-8309.
Happy Independence Day from all of us at Paul Bunyan Communications!
MGM HD Added to PBTV HD Service
Paul Bunyan Communications has added the new movie network MGM HD to PBTV HD service!
MGM HD is on channel 649 and is available to all PBTV HD subscribers. MGM HD is a 24/7 movie network featuring blockbusters, iconic titles, contemporary hits, classics and hidden gems. MGM HD handpicks films from the legendary MGM library to create genre collections, actor retrospectives, and original short form programs drawing from the vast studio archive. All of MGM HD's films are shown in true 1080i high-definition with limited commercial interruption. MGM HD programming includes themed movie marathons, annual stunts and actor retrospectives.
Daystar Network Added to Paul Bunyan Television Service
Paul Bunyan Communications is pleased to announce that Daystar Television Network has been added to Paul Bunyan Television (PBTV) service.
Daystar Standard Definition (SD) can be found on PBTV channel 397, while Daystar High Definition (HD) can be found on PBTV channel 897.
Owned by Word of God Fellowship, Daystar is an award winning, faith based network dedicated to spreading the Gospel. Daystar, which was started in December of 1997 by Marcus Lamb, has been a staple network in the faith broadcasting community. One of the highest rated broadcasts from the channel is Joni Lamb's daily talk show "Joni Table Talks". Daystar also offers a variety of Gospel music broadcasts such as "Check the Sound" and "Gospel Music Showcase", which both offer a variety of musical performances.
"We are thrilled to add Daystar to the Paul Bunyan Television Service. We strive to offer a diversity of television networks for our subscribers and now offer 8 faith based networks 24 hours a day, seven days a week" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.
Paul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance Present: Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront Every Wednesday July 6-August 31
Paul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance present Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront every Wednesday from July 6 through August 31st! Admission is free and the concerts are from 6-8 PM featuring a new band each week.
Join us lakeside for music, food, and fun!
Paul Bunyan Communications is bringing Dora the Explorer to the Deer River Wild Rice Festival July 9
Paul Bunyan Communications is a proud major sponsor of the Deer River Lion's Club Wild Rice Festival and is bringing Dora the Explorer from Nickelodeon to the 68th annual festival on Saturday, July 9. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. bring the kids and your camera to get pictures with the loveable character from Nickelodeon and take part in the many various activities going on at the world's largest wild rice festival!
Grand Rapids Downtown Art Fair sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications is Saturday, July 9
The MacRostie Art Center invites you to the Grand Rapids Downtown Art Fair on Saturday, July 9th on the grounds of Old Central School. From 9 until 4 there will be artist vendors, live music, free painting workshop and hands-on activities for kids and families, and an art raffle. Get to Grand Rapids for the MacRostie Art Center Downtown Art Fair July 9 sponsored in part by Lefty's Tent & Party Rental, Rapids Printing and Paul Bunyan Communications.
6th Annual Deer River Bar-B-Que & Brew Fest sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications is Saturday, July 16
The Deer River Chamber of Commerce's 6th Annual Deer River Bar-B-Que and Brew Fest is Saturday, July 16 from 3-8 p.m. at the White Oak Learning Center in Deer River. Live music starts at 4 p.m. Admission is $15 which includes beer and barbecue sampling.
This event is sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications
Watermark Art Center's 49th Annual Art in the Park presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is July 18-19
Paul Bunyan Communications is bringing Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants to the 2nd Street Stage festivities in downtown Park Rapids on Thursday, June 30 from 6-8 p.m.
Bring the kids and your camera to get free pictures with SpongeBob SquarePants and all guests receive a free gift, parents included!
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association 2nd Street Stage event on June 30 is sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications will feature the music of the WoodPicks, a beer garden, food vendors, and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71. Bring your own chair.
The WoodPicks are a five member band from Thief River Falls that came together in 2005 when the band started playing northern Minnesota venues. Their acoustic mix includes Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and Americana music. One of their original arrangements, "Barn Again!" was included in a collection of rural Americana for the Smithsonian Institute. They perform at county fairs, bluegrass festivals, urban and rural venues and corporate events.
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.