Good news for Kelliher and Northome…
The GigaZone Comes to Kelliher and Northome
One of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the United States continues to grow; Now available to more than 29,400 locations in northern Minnesota
(Bemidji, MN) (January 5, 2017) – Paul Bunyan Communications has announced that for the first time, the GigaZone has come to Kelliher and Northome. As a result of continued upgrades to the Cooperative’s all-fiber optic communications network over 1,700 more locations now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second.
“We continue to make great progress on upgrading our network to incorporate even more members into the GigaZone and over the next several months we’ll be activating the GigaZone in even more areas. 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 29,400 locations including all of the cooperative’s service area of rural Park Rapids, Lake George, Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids, LaPrairie, most of Grand Rapids, Red Lake, Cohasset, Ponemah, Turtle River, Laporte, Tenstrike, Little Rock, Becida, Redby, Puposky, Solway, Kelliher, Northome, and areas of Bemidji.
Paul Bunyan Communications recently mailed out information to the new locations that are now in the GigaZone and the cooperative has an online map available at http://paulbunyan.net/gigazone/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 this year 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.
We live in Duquette MN and not included in future GigaZone Map. Everything in Pine County has crap for fiber optics. We live 5 miles from the border where people get poor fiber optics, and we of course have service that is inexcusable, criminal. We have Frontier Communications. Our upload is .95 and the upload is 2.42. So you can imagine how often we lose connection while watching Netflix and movie channels we enjoy. When will south east Minnesota enjoy the same programming and fiber optics like the rest of the world?
I’m sorry for your frustration. The folks in the GigaZone are lucky that they are served by Paul Bunyan Communications. There are a couple of great providers in rural Minnesota. And there are some areas with providers who aren’t stepping up.
I think one hope with the state funding is that a community can use it to convince an incumbent provider to upgrade their network or a new provider to expand to the area.