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Paul Bunyan CommunicationsPaul Bunyan Communications Will Not Sell Customer Web Browsing History

Recently new federal legislation was passed that allows Internet Service Providers to sell their customers' web browsing history. Paul Bunyan Communications wants to reassure its members that no matter what the law allows they do not collect and sell member's web browsing history.

"Our members' privacy is of the utmost importance to our member-owned and governed cooperative. We have never sold member web browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future regardless of what the rules and regulations may allow," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

"As you might imagine we are getting calls from concerned customers and members of our cooperative as the news of this new legislation spreads. We feel it is extremely important to reassure our customers that our cooperative will not sell their web browsing history. It's your cooperative and your data, period. Any provider who sells their customers' web browsing history without their consent is putting profits ahead of the trust of its customers and we believe that flies in the face of common decency, customer privacy, and certainly our cooperative values and principles," added Johnson.

Tim Hins will serve another term as District 9 Board of DirectorDistrict 9 Caucus held Tuesday, April 4; District 7 Caucus held Thursday, April 6

The purpose of the caucus meetings is to nominate a director candidate or candidates to represent the district on the Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors.

The caucus for District 9 was held on Tuesday, April 4 at the Turtle Lake Town Hall. The current director from District 9 is Tim Hins. He was nominated and seconded. No other nominations were made.

Bruce Campbell will serve another term as the District 7 Board of DirectorThe caucus for District 7 was held on Thursday, April 6 at the Northern Town Hall. The current director from District 7 is Bruce Campbell. He was nominated and seconded. No other nominations were made.

Based on the caucus results, Tim Hins will serve another term as District 9 Board of Director and Bruce Campbell will serve another term as the District 7 Board of Director. Directors serve a five-year term, with next term expiring in the year 2022 for both districts.

In addition to being an opportunity to nominate persons to represent the district, the caucus meetings were an opportunity for members to ask questions concerning the Cooperative. The meeting was attended by several managers/supervisors, including CEO/General Manager Gary Johnson.

PBS's Cat in the HatPBS's Cat in the Hat is coming to Grand Rapids April 29th

Paul Bunyan Communications is bringing PBS's Cat in the Hat to the 18th Annual Itasca Area Children First! Children's Fair on Saturday, April 29 at the IRA Civic Center.

The entire event is free and open to all. The fair runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and your chance to meet and get pictures taken with Cat in the Hat is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Children's Fair is an event planned for children along with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers to provide an enjoyable way to explore services and businesses in the county. The fair allows agencies, service organizations, clinics and businesses a chance to connect with families in the Itasca Area. The goal of the fair is to educate and increase awareness of available services.

The Children's Fair is a FREE fun filled day of educational activities and information. Kiwanis, Circle K and Key Club members serve a FREE pancake breakfast from 9-11am. Families can explore educational booths, visit with service providers in the county, participate in hands on activities, play at the carnival, tour the BIG vehicles, listen to music and storytellers, and much more. Fun and learning for all ages!

Children First! is an Itasca Area Community Education initiative funded through the Blandin Foundation and supported by Paul Bunyan Communications. The ultimate outcome of Children First! is to mobilize the communities to actively educate, nurture, and care for all children in the Itasca Area.

Paul Bunyan CommunicationsAnnual Meeting and Cooperative Celebration Wednesday, May 24

Paul Bunyan Communications will hold the annual Cooperative Celebration on Wednesday, May 24 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cooperative's headquarters in Bemidji. It is free and open to all.

  • 2015 Coop Celebration & Annual MeetingA walleye dinner prepared by the Bemidji Fire Department Fish Fry Crew & Lueken's Village Foods.
  • Chance to enter door prize drawings
  • Live Entertainment provided by Kent Dudley as Elvis. Kent performed at our very first Cooperative Celebration in 2002!

Great kids activities including:

  • Bring your camera to get pictures with all 4 of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, (Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo) and Fox Sports Robot Cleatus
  • 2015 Coop Celebration & Annual Meeting United States Tennis Association's QuickStart Tennis
  • Activities and animals from the Headwaters Science Center
  • Face painting
  • Balloons

The entire event is free of charge and is open to the public.

The 61st Annual Business will precede the celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Annual Meeting is only open to current members of the cooperative.

Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It March Mania Challenge Winners

Paul Bunyan Communications is excited to announce the winners of the Pick-it March Mania Challenge. Participants entered the free online contest to pick the winners of the college basketball tournament games for a chance to win a credit on a Paul Bunyan Communications account.

Pick-It March Mania Challenge 1st Place Winner Cheyanne MayPick-It March Mania Challenge 2nd Place Winner Dennis BowmanPick-It March Mania Challenge 3rd Place Winner Andy Nowak

Winners of the Paul Bunyan Communications Pick It March Mania Challenge.

The top 11 finishers all won a credit on their Paul Bunyan Communications account.

1st Place - $500 credit - Cheyanne May, Redby

2nd Place - $250 credit - Dennis Bowman, Bemidji

3rd Place - $100 credit - Andy Nowak, Bemidji

4th Place - $50 credit - Hal Devereux, Kelliher

5th Place - $25 credit (5 Way Tie)

  • Becky Peterson, Bemidji
  • Dennis Staples Sr., Cass Lake
  • Ann Lempola, Park Rapids
  • Dorothy Hedquist, Deer River (94 years young!)

10th place - $25 credit (2 Way Tie)

  • Chris Jourdain, Red Lake
  • Rebecca Neadeau, Red Lake

Fox BusinessFox Business Network Moved to PBTV Main Lineup

Fox Business Network has been moved to the Paul Bunyan Television main lineup, making it now available to all PBTV main digital subscribers. Previously the network was a part of PBTV Extra.

Fox Business breaks down the market and provides critical information for marketing more informed financial decisions. FOX Business Network has award winning, well-respected business journalists overseeing on-air content and coverage with in-depth knowledge of the market for business-minded consumers.

Fox Business Network is on channel 306 and in HD on channel 806 for PBTV HD subscribers.

PBS North and PBS ExploreWDSE's PBS North and PBS Explore Added to Paul Bunyan Television - Now Available to All PBTV Subscribers in Itasca and Koochiching Counties

WDSE's PBS North out of Duluth, along with PBS Explore have been added to Paul Bunyan Television service for customers in Itasca and Koochiching Counties.

PBS North is available to all PBTV digital subscribers and can be found on channel 8 and in HD on channel 508. WDSE-WRPT's primary channel features PBS Kids, locally produced & nationally produced PBS programs such as Masterpiece, Nature, Nova and many others. Among locally produced programs are: Doctors on Call, Lawyers on the Line, Speak Your Mind and Great Gardening. Native Report, celebrating Native American culture and heritage proudly airs on many public televisions nationwide. The Playlist is a front row seat to Northern Minnesota's amazing arts scene.

PBS Explore is available to all PBTV digital subscribers and can be found on PBTV channel 171. During the daytime, PBS Explore viewers receive WORLD programming which features public television's signature nonfiction documentaries, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers. PBD Kids airs in the early evening from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. From 8:30 to signoff PBS Explore airs Nightly Business, NewsHour, and then repeat airings of programming from PBS North.

"WDSE celebrates the people who proudly call the vibrant communities of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin their home, delivering local, regional along with national PBS programming. We're excited to be a part of Paul Bunyan Television service where our high quality programming becomes even more accessible to thousands of additional viewers right here in the northland." said Allen Harmon, WDSE General Manager

"We're thrilled to give our subscribers in Itasca and Koochiching Counties these additional channels as part of their Paul Bunyan Television service. We strive to provide as much local programming as possible for the region and adding PBS North and PBS Explore will provide local content with a northeastern Minnesota perspective along with all the wonderful regional and national content PBS has to offer." said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan CommunicationThe GigaZone Comes to Hines and areas of Blackduck

One of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the United States continues to grow; Now available to more than 33,400 locations in northern Minnesota

The GigaZone has come to Hines and areas of Blackduck. As a result of continued upgrades to the Cooperative's all-fiber optic communications network over 700 more locations now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second.

GigaZone: Gigabit Fiber Network from Paul Bunyan Communication"We've made great progress on upgrading our network to incorporate even more members into the GigaZone over the past several months. 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 33,400 locations, making it one of the largest rural all-fiber optic networks in the United States! Check out our online map showing the current areas of the GigaZone as well as those that will be constructed/upgraded in the future.

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 the next two years 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.

Paul Bunyan Communications has the region's largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,000 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television services, Smart Home services, digital voice services, and more. Service availability depends upon location, some restrictions may apply.

Lucia Laituri won the Paul Bunyan Communications 2017 Youth Tour Essay Contest and Trip to Washington D.C.Lucia Laituri of Bemidji High School selected as the Paul Bunyan Communications Youth Tour Essay Contest Winner

Paul Bunyan Communications has selected Lucia Laituri as the winner of the cooperative's 2017 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Lucia is currently a junior at Bemidji High School, is the daughter of Ron and Annie Laituri. She will attend the 2017 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 3-7, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications.

The trip features a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecom, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions affect the industry. The tour allows youth to meet with members of Congress who represent rural constituents. They also participate in educational sessions about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Students visit some of the nation's most historic sites, including Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museums, and a beautiful night tour of our Washington D.C.

"The FRS Youth Tour is a unique opportunity for a local student from our area to visit Washington D.C. to gain a better perspective on how regulatory decisions impact our cooperative and rural areas. Lucia will also get the chance to see a lot of historic sites in our nation's capital!" said Brian Bissonette, Paul Bunyan Communications Marketing Supervisor.

The Foundation for Rural Service is dedicated to informing and to improving the quality of life throughout rural America. Each year, it organizes the Youth Tour, designed to educate rural youth about the telecommunications industry and the federal political process. The FRS is a subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which Paul Bunyan Communications is a member.

This is the 21st consecutive year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school student to the Youth Tour.