Paul Bunyan Communications CEO Gary Johnson Named Twin Cities Business 100 People to Know

Glad to see representation from the rural broadband world. Gary was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Minnesota Broadband conference; it’s a small look at what cinched him the recognition…

Paul Bunyan Communications CEO Gary Johnson Named  Twin Cities Business 100 People to Know


(Bemidji, MN) (December 8, 2016) –Paul Bunyan Communications CEO Gary Johnson has been named as one of the Twin Cities Business Magazine’s (TCB) 100 People to Know.


Twin Cities Business Magazine annually highlights 100 Minnesotans, leaders with insight, experience, and savvy that people in business need to observe, seek out, and learn from in the year ahead.  The goal is to identify the key individuals that are expected to make an impact on local business, regional economy, and quality of life in 2017.


Johnson was included in the Pioneers category in recognition of Paul Bunyan Communications’ innovation, growth, and continued deployment of the latest in communication technologies including construction of one of the largest rural all-fiber optic networks in the United States.


“On behalf of our entire amazing team at Paul Bunyan Communications, I am honored to be named one of TCB’s 100 People to Know.  It is their hard work, talent, and dedication that has empowered our cooperative to be a pioneer in the telecommunications industry.  We’re proof that when you combine a commitment to rural service, a laser-like focus on communications technologies, and the courage to imagine and pursue what’s next, there is very little that is not possible. As a cooperative we feel very strongly about investing in our communities so they have access to the most robust, advanced communication services available. It is critical for education, economic development, and quality of life.  This is a great honor and reinforces just how cutting edge and important our efforts are” said Johnson.


“As we learned more about Paul Bunyan Communications in the People to Know selection process, it was amazing to see the incredible amount of forward thinking the cooperative has shown over the past 20 years, time and again leading the way in providing the very latest in technology to its members.  To talk with Gary and see one of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks being rolled out so rapidly in northern Minnesota is inspiring.  By highlighting his leadership and the GigaZone initiative hopefully it will lead to similar projects throughout rural Minnesota.” said Dale Kurschner, Twin Cities Business Magazine Editor in Chief.


“I congratulate Gary and the entire PBC team!” said Dave Hengel, Executive Director of Greater Bemidji, “Gary’s leadership and Paul Bunyan Communication’s commitment to our region in many ways has encouraged the greater Bemidji region to think big, be bold and ask the question, ‘why not in Bemidji?  As I watch our community grow and develop into a vibrant regional center, I can see the fingerprints of Gary’s vision and leadership all over our community. It is only fitting for Gary to be named on of TCB’s 100 People to Know because of his leadership and what Paul Bunyan is doing for our region.”


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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