Gigabit Internet Service Comes to Hubbard County

It’s been fun to watch GigaZone sweep through Northern Minnesota. And of course this is good news for Hubbard County, which was at 76 percent broadband coverage in the last state survey


(Bemidji, MN) (March 16, 2015) – Gigabit Internet service has come to Hubbard County. Paul Bunyan Communications has upgraded the communications network it has constructed in the Park Rapids area the past three years making GigaZone services now available to over 2,700 locations. In addition, the cooperative has announced it will be expanding its network even further in the region this summer.

“The GigaZone provides Internet capabilities unsurpassed by any other rural provider or region in the country.  The GigaZone not only provides the capacity to handle current communication technologies quickly and efficiently, it also meets the increasing demands of the next generation of broadband innovations,” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

“Our cooperative already has the region’s largest all fiber optic network, upgrading it for the GigaZone continues our commitment to keeping our region at the forefront of broadband access.” said Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications IT & Development Manager.

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 local and long distance GigaZone voice 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.

GigaZone services are expected to be made available in April in Lake George. Additional GigaZone upgrades in 2015 are also expected. Ultimately the GigaZone will encompass the cooperative’s entire 5,000 square mile service area

In addition to the GigaZone activation, the cooperative has announced it will be expanding its network to over 1,000 more locations in the Park Rapids area with construction starting this summer. One expansion area will be north and west of Two Inlets including the area of Boot and Mud Lake, along with the southern part of Hart Lake and various locations in between. The other expansion region will be east of the city of Park Rapids covering an area south of Peysenke Lake and east of Long Lake stretching from south 5th Crow Wing Lake in the north to south of Duck and Round Lake to the south. This includes the following lake areas: Sunday, Little Stony, Big Stony, 4th Crow Wing, Island, 3rd Crow Wing, 2nd Crow Wing, Palmer, and most of 1st Crow Wing. Locations included in this year’s expansion will be mailed more information prior to construction reaching the area.

“Since 1998 our cooperative has been bringing high speed Internet services to those without it. As the technology has evolved we have continued to evolve with it. There are very few parts of the country like the Park Rapids area where Gigabit Internet services are available. It’s pretty amazing that places like Two Inlets and Emmaville have Gigabit Internet access before New York City or Washington D.C.,” added Bissonette.

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 Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Services, digital and high definition television services, Smart Home services, digital voice services, and more.

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