News & Events
Paul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance Present: Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront Wednesdays Now through August 29
Paul Bunyan Communications and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance present Mississippi Music at the Bemidji Waterfront every Wednesday through August 29! (except July 4) Admission is free and the concerts are from 6-8 PM featuring a new band each week.
Join us lakeside for music with food vendors and beer garden on site.
9th Annual Deer River Bar-B-Que & Brew Fest sponsored in part by Paul Bunyan Communications is Saturday, July 21
The Deer River Chamber of Commerce's 8th Annual Deer River Bar-B-Que and Brew Fest is Saturday, July 21 from 3-8 p.m. behind the White Oak Inn & Suites in Deer River. Live music starts at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15 which includes beer and barbecue sampling. For more information visit www.deerriver.org
Watermark Art Center's 51st Annual Art in the Park presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is July 21-22
The Watermark Art Center's 51st Annual Art in the Park presented by Paul Bunyan Communications is July 21-22 at Library Park at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront.
Art in the Park has been appealing to local residents and visitors from all over the country since 1967. This juried fine arts and craft fair located in downtown Bemidji on the shores of Lake Bemidji in beautiful, tree lined Library Park and boasts an annual attendance of over 4,000 visitors during this two day event. Situated just north of the famous statues of Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and the Tourist Information Center, "Art in the Park" features over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment all within easy reach and walking distance of downtown Bemidji and all its amenities.
Paul Bunyan Communications has earned Apple Premium Service Provider status for 2018! Apple's Premium Service Provider Program recognizes service locations that deliver exceptional service based upon customer satisfaction for repair quality, repair time and professionalism.
This accolade is given to an elite tier of Apple Authorized Service Providers in recognition of their unparalleled commitment to technical excellence and customer service. According to Apple, "Premium Service Providers consistently deliver exceptional repair support and customer experience that meet Apple's exacting standard for high-quality repair and prompt service."
Paul Bunyan Communications Certified Apple Service Center is located at the cooperative's Bemidji headquarters at 1831 Anne Street. The Apple Service Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:30 p.m. and services Mac and PC computers along with Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple Watch, Beats and Apple TV warranty and non-warranty service.
"This is a testament to our outstanding staff and the superior level of customer service they provide our customers. The expertise and care they provide in working with each customer is what makes our Apple Service Center so successful." said Leo Anderson, Paul Bunyan Communications Digital Services Supervisor.
Great job April, Aurora, Jesse, Adam, and all of our staff that has worked hard to make this possible.
Paul Bunyan Communications Statement on Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a plan to rescind "Net Neutrality" rules that prohibit Internet service providers (ISP) from favoring or disfavoring certain Internet traffic, content or websites.
Paul Bunyan Communications wants to reassure our members that they will not be impacted by this FCC action while using our service. The Cooperative has never treated Internet traffic differently based on application or type of traffic and has no plans to do so in the future.
"There are many concerned about today's FCC action. Time will tell whether ISP's elect to put profits ahead of what's best for customers, but as a member-owned cooperative, we certainly will not" said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.
Paul Bunyan Communications awarded State of Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Grant for portions of Itasca County, St. Louis County, and Hubbard County
Cooperative will bring Broadband network to 834 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 St Louis, Hubbard and Itasca Counties.
As a result, the cooperative will begin expansion construction next spring that will pass a minimum of 830 locations. The areas include the Hwy 34 corridor between Nevis and Park Rapids in Hubbard County [Map: Park Rapids HWY 34 Cooridor], portions of the Side Lake Area that include locations in both Itasca County [Map: Side Lake Area] and St. Louis County, and an area Southeast of Bigfork and North of Scenic Highway [Map: Scenic Highway North]. The project is estimated to cost $1.78 million, with Paul Bunyan Communications contributing $980,990, and the State of Minnesota Border to Border grant contributing $802,620.
"We are excited to continue our efforts to bring broadband Internet speeds and services to those currently without it in our region. Our cooperative has a long history of expanding our network to unserved areas but it has become more difficult to go it alone without grant support. Thanks to the State of Minnesota Border to Border Grant Program we will be able to reach even more homes and businesses with speeds of up to a Gigabit per second further extending one of the largest rural Gigabit networks in the country!," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.
Paul Bunyan Communications expects to finalize the expansion plans by early spring and will contact locations along the upcoming expansion routes shortly thereafter. Construction will start in the summer and will be completed by June 30, 2020. Those in the region interested in keeping up to date on the project can look for updates here on our website. Those in Itasca County can also join the Paul Bunyan Communications Itasca County Fiber Projects group on Facebook.
"This is a big deal to those in our project areas. I am excited about the opportunities that Paul Bunyan's technology will bring to these locations. Employees will be able to work from home, students will have access to vast educational resources at incredible speeds, and seniors will be able to stay in their homes longer with telemedicine." added Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications Information Technology and Development Manager. "Access to high quality affordable Internet has been our focus at the cooperative since 1999. Our team has built a world class all-fiber optic network that has made it happen." said Howard.
"I must salute the hard work of our elected officials who have 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 makes a world of difference in so many ways to a lot of people right here in northern Minnesota!" 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 telephone 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.
Second award the GigaZone Gaming Championship has received in 2017
Paul Bunyan Communications' GigaZone Gaming Championship, the first stadium-style eSporting event in northern Minnesota, has been awarded the Calix Best Innovation in Residential Subscriber Experience for 2017.
The Calix Innovation Awards are given annually to Calix customers – technology companies from around the world – who demonstrated outstanding creativity when leveraging Calix technology to deploy best-in-class services. The award recognizes innovation in the use of access, premises, and cloud technologies to transform businesses and networks.
"Congratulations to Paul Bunyan Communications on their Best of Innovation in Residential Subscriber Experience Award!" said Michael Weening, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Calix. "Typically, events of this type and caliber are only found in major metropolitan areas. The GigaZone Gaming Championship and other progressive initiatives underscore Paul Bunyan's commitment to their rural region and their willingness to be industry innovators and leaders, whether that's building one of the largest rural all-fiber optic gigabit broadband networks in the country or creating this exceptional gaming event. The award is well deserved."
"We are honored to receive this innovation award from Calix. It's very rewarding to see how the region is embracing this event that showcases our Calix-enabled broadband technology and creative and talented technical team. Attendance doubled at our second GigaZone Gaming Championship held in September!" said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.
This international award is the second prominent recognition the GigaZone Gaming Championship has received this year. In May, Paul Bunyan Communications received the 2017 TeleChoice Award for their complete marketing campaign of the GigaZone Gaming Championship by the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. The annual awards program honors excellence in public relations and marketing.
Paul 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.