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Paul Bunyan Communications has mailed out over $3.6 million in capital credits to members.Paul Bunyan Communications Returns over $3.6 million to Members

Paul Bunyan Communications has mailed out over $3.6 million in capital credits to members. The payouts include the remaining unretired balance from 2000, 50% of capital credits earned in 2001 and 20% capital credits earned in 2013. All subscribers who were a member in either of those years and accrued over $10 total in capital credits should have or will receive a check in the next few days. The use of capital credit allocations are the cooperative's way of individually securing each member's share of the cooperative's net margins.

"We are very 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. Services that apply towards capital credit returns include local phone service, Paul Bunyan Long Distance, Internet service from Paul Bunyan Net, Paul Bunyan Television, and Minnesota Gold Yellow Page Advertising.

"It's the cooperative advantage and a win-win for our members. They get high quality communication services at affordable rates with a high level of customer service and they share in our success," said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor, "the return a member receives is based on their patronage and our profit margin from that particular year."

"It's rare that a customer gets money back from a service provider," added Dave Schultz, Chief Finance Officer, "the cooperative 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 2000, 2001 and/or 2013 and accrued more than $10 in total capital credit allocations, but do not receive a check by September 26, please contact Paul Bunyan Communications at (218) 444-1234 or (218) 999-1234.

The Longhorn Network and ESPN Goal LineLonghorn Network and ESPN Goal Line Added to PBTV Sports

The Longhorn Network and ESPN Goal Line have been added to Paul Bunyan Television. Both networks are now a part of PBTV Sports.

The Longhorn Network is a partnership between ESPN and the University of Texas, providing coverage of the Longhorns like never before. Featuring over 175 exclusive live events each year from all 20 UT sports, plus 1,000+ hours of original studio content covering everything from the gridiron to the golf course, the network is a must for any Longhorn fan.

The Longhorn Network can be found on PBTV channel 85.

ESPN Goal Line features unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college football games during each Saturday of the college football season. Catch in-game cut-ins to scoring drives across the country, as well as up-to-the-minute highlights, stats and analysis.

ESPN Goal Line can be found on PBTV channel 86.

The channels will appear in the on-screen program guide within the next few days but customers can reset their set top boxes and they should appear.

PBTV Sports can be added to Paul Bunyan Television service for only $6.99 per month. PBTV Sports currently includes over 15 networks featuring a wide array of sports programming.

To add to your service, call 444-1234, 999-1234, or toll free 1-888-586-3100.

*One month minimum subscription required. Some restrictions may apply. Call for details.

PBTV DVRWatchESPN, NFL RedZone, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Spike, and VH1 added to PBTV Everywhere

PBTV DVRWatchESPN, NFL RedZone, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Spike, and VH1 have been added to PBTV Everywhere! All PBTV Main subscribers will have access to the WatchESPN, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Spike, and VH1. Customers who subscribe to both PBTV Extra and PBTV Sports will have access to NFL RedZone.

Accessing your favorite live sports and shows from ESPN is now easier than ever with WatchESPN. WatchESPN brings you 24/7 live programming from your favorite ESPN networks.

ESPN Networks

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNU
  • SEC Network
  • SEC Network +
  • ESPNews
  • Longhorn Network
  • Goal Line/Buzzer Beater

Live Events

  • NBA Regular Season and Playoffs
  • The Masters, U.S. Open, and The Open Championship
  • World Cup Soccer
  • College Football and Basketball
  • All 4 Grand Slam Tennis Events
  • Thousands more live events airing on the ESPN networks

ESPN Shows

  • SportsCenter
  • PTI
  • Mike and Mike In The Morning
  • SportsNation
  • ESPN Original Studio Shows


NFL RedZone is live every Sunday during the regular season from Noon-7 p.m. CST. Catch every touchdown from every game, along with live look-ins and highlights, plus up-to-the-minute fantasy stats, highlights and more.

PBTV customers can watch programs on their computer, smart phone, or tablet with PBTV Everywhere. It's free and all you need is Internet access.

Future networks expected to be added to PBTV Everywhere this year include Big Ten Network, WatchDisney, WatchABCFamily, MTV, FX, FXX, FXM, Nat Geo, and Showtime.

PBTV customers have access to view PBTV Everywhere content from the networks they receive as part of their regular PBTV service.

*Must subscribe to PBTV service to have access to PBTV Everywhere. Additional subscriptions may be required to view all content listed. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.

PBTV DVRRemote DVR Scheduling by Tablet, Smart Phone, or Computer Now Included with PBTV Whole-Home DVR

PBTV Fusion customers with Whole-Home DVR service can now schedule, cancel, or delete recordings remotely by computer, smart phone, or tablet.
To register for remote DVR capability go to rdvr.paulbunyan.net and click on the Create Account link. You will need your subscriber ID number from your recent Paul Bunyan Communications bill to register.

It's free and gives you even more control over your television viewing.

GetTVGetTV added to Paul Bunyan Television

GetTV, a new broadcast network out of Minneapolis, has been added to the Paul Bunyan Television (PBTV) service offering for all subscribers in Beltrami, Hubbard, and Cass County.

GetTV can be found on PBTV channel 24 and is a new television network from Sony Pictures Entertainment that brings the classic films you love to your living room. Enjoy the glamour of old Hollywood with legendary actors and award-winning films playing all day and night.

PBTV ExtraBBC World News and SEC Network Added to Paul Bunyan Television

he Southeastern Conference Network (SEC), SEC Plus, and BBC World News have been added to Paul Bunyan Television. All three networks are now a part of PBTV Extra.

BBC World NewsBBC World News is the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) international news and current affairs television channel. It has the largest audience of any BBC channel. For more information or TV schedule for BCC World News, visit www.bbc.com.

"In an ever changing global environment BBC World News will provide a different perspective on the news and events that shape our world. We have many news networks from the United States as part of PBTV service, BBC World News will offer our customers diverse viewpoints and coverage," said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

BBC World News can be found on PBTV channel 314.

SEC NetworkESPN and the Southeastern Conference have joined forces to create The SEC Network and SEC Plus. The new networks will serve fans of one of the nation's elite conferences, the SEC. For more information on The SEC Network, visit www.secsports.go.com

"While northern Minnesota is a long ways from SEC territory, the Southeastern Conference is well known throughout the country. Seven out of the last eight BCS National Champions are in the SEC and four of the past six College World Series champions have come from the SEC. The SEC Network will add even more access to the best in college sports for our subscribers," added Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

The SEC Network can be found on PBTV channel 83. SEC Plus can be found on PBTV channel 84 and will serve as a second SEC channel to air another conference game live if more than one game is being televised at the same time.

PBTV Extra can be added to Paul Bunyan Television service for only $9.99 per month. PBTV Extra currently includes over 40 networks featuring a wide array of programming content including news, music, sports, and entertainment.

To add to your service, call 444-1234, 999-1234, or toll free 1-888-586-3100.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsCooperative Offices will be closed Saturday, August 30 and Monday, September 1 for Labor Day Holiday

Paul Bunyan Communications offices will be closed Saturday, August 30 and Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday.

As always, 24 hour emergency repair will be available to customers.

PBTV Everywhere and PBTV On DemandSTARZ® Play and ENCORE® Play added to PBTV Everywhere, STARZ On Demand and ENCORE On Demand added to PBTV Fusion On Demand

You now get more STARZ and ENCORE than ever before through Paul Bunyan Television service! STARZ Play and ENCORE Play are now available with PBTV Everywhere while STARZ On Demand and ENCORE On Demand have been added to PBTV Fusion On Demand service.

PBTV Everywhere

STARZ ENCORE PlayWhenever you are ready to enter new worlds, STARZ Play is ready to deliver. Now all those captivating original series and must-see movies from STARZ are accessible on the go. ENCORE Play lets you take action, western, and comedy movies and series with you wherever you go too.

PBTV customers can watch programs on their computer, smart phone, 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. STARZ/ENCORE subscription required to receive access to STARZ Play and ENCORE Play.

PBTV Fusion On Demand

STARZ HD On Demand and ENCORE HD On DemandNow you can get your favorite movies in eye-popping high definition on your schedule with STARZ HD On Demand and ENCORE HD On Demand. Both are now available with PBTV Fusion On Demand, just hit the On Demand menu on your remote and look for the premium channels section.

PBTV customers have access to view PBTVEverywhere and PBTV Fusion On Demand content from the networks they receive as part of their regular PBTV service. STARZ/ENCORE subscription required to receive access to STARZ Play, ENCORE Play, and/or STARZ On Demand and ENCORE On Demand with PBTV Fusion service.

*Must subscribe to PBTV service to have access to PBTV Everywhere and PBTV Fusion to receive STARZ On Demand and ENCORE On Demand. Additional subscriptions may be required to view all content listed. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsPaul Bunyan Communications Expanding All-Fiber Optic Network into Trout Lake Township

Paul Bunyan Communications will be expanding its all-fiber optic communications network into the Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids and LaPrairie this year.

"Access to broadband Internet services enhances life in so many different ways. It opens up e-commerce opportunities, educational, cultural, and recreational resources. It is especially important in rural areas where it can help overcome distance and financial barriers," said Gary Johnson, CEO/GM of Paul Bunyan Communications, "We've seen the difference it can make first hand throughout our service territory and we hope to bring it to as many in Trout Lake Township as we can."

The all fiber optic network will provide all of the current Paul Bunyan Communications services including Broadband high-speed Internet up to 150 Mbps, PBTV Fusion with HD and whole-home DVR, as well as the next evolution in fiber-enabled Internet technologies expected to be offered in the future.

Service applications are now being accepted. A service application is required to be considered for expansion. Where we expand in the Trout Lake Township will be based on the costs involved and level of demand for services in each individual neighborhood/area.

More information will be mailed out a few weeks prior to construction which is expected to begin in June and be completed by November. Once the network is physically installed up to a location services generally become available within 1-2 months.

This project is made possible through the Broadband Loan Program from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a part of the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA).