Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan wins Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service for its GigaZone

When I was a kid, my dad always said to succeed in business be the best at something. Wouldn’t it be something if Minnesota could be the best at statewide broadband? I think one way to clinch the title would be to be best with rural coverage. So it’s fun to see a Minnesota broadband provider get an award for their work in the effort. (And it’s worth noting that the award didn’t specifically target rural solutions nor rural providers.) Congrats to Paul Bunyan!

Paul Bunyan Communications Wins 2015 Leading Lights National Award: GigaZone Named Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service

(Bemidji, MN) (June 22, 2015) – Paul Bunyan Communications has been named the winner of the Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service for its GigaZone project in the Light Reading 2015 Leading Lights awards program. The national award recognizes the communications provider that has launched the most innovative Gigabit Broadband service during the past year. The other finalists for the award were large national or regional corporations including AT&T, C Spire, and TDS Telecom.

The cooperative announced the gigabit project last fall and it will be one of the largest gigabit networks in rural America when the project is done. Already over 7,800 locations in northern Minnesota are in the GigaZone and an estimated 20,000+ will be reached by the end of this year. The project is expected to take a few years but is progressing ahead of schedule. Once completed it will include the cooperative’s entire service territory of over 5,000 square miles.

“We are honored to receive this award for our GigaZone project. It is one of the first gigabit network initiatives that will encompass a large rural area and I think that is significant. Many of the gigabit network projects taking place are in small portions of densely populated metropolitan areas. Too often, the more challenging rural America gets overlooked. That’s not the case here in northern Minnesota and we are thrilled that Light Reading acknowledged our efforts.” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager

The Leading Lights program, the telecom industry’s most prestigious awards program, focuses on next-generation communications technologies, applications, services, and strategies. The Leading Lights winners were announced at an awards dinner at Chicago’s Field Museum on Monday, June 8 to coincide with the Big Telecom Event (http://www.bigtelecomevent.com)

“The volume and quality of the entries we received across our 24 categories shows how seriously the industry takes these awards, which are now in their 11th year,” stated Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre. “The winners are an exceptional group of companies that have every right to be proud of their achievements and progress during the past year.” added Le Maistre.

Judging was conducted by Light Reading’s editors and the analyst team from Heavy Reading (http://www.heavyreading.com).

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

1 thought on “Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan wins Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service for its GigaZone

  1. Congratulations to the Paul Bunyan team! So many rural communities are fighting to have what Paul Bunyan and other rural cooperatives deliver in the rural countryside of Minnesota! I bet that most of their customers think that all rural residents have such great services available to them. Definitely not the case!!

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