The GigaZone Comes to Laporte, Becida, and Solway

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The GigaZone Comes to Laporte, Becida, and Solway

One of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the United States continues to grow;

Now available to more than 27,000 locations in northern Minnesota

 

(Bemidji, MN) (December 5, 2016) – Paul Bunyan Communications has announced that for the first time, the GigaZone has come to Laporte, Becida, and Solway along with additional areas of Bemidji. As a result of continued upgrades to the Cooperative’s all-fiber optic communications network over 3,100 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 27,000 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, 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.

Red Lake Nation one of first reservations to get a Gig – thanks to Paul Bunyan

Good news for Paul Bunyan Communication – great news for Red Lake, Redby, Little Rock, and Pgigazoneonemah…

The GigaZone Comes to Red Lake, Redby, Little Rock, and Ponemah
Red Lake Nation one of the first reservations in the U.S. to gain access to all-fiber optic Gigabit Internet (Bemidji, MN) (November 14, 2016) – The Red Lake Nation is one of the first Indian Reservations in the country to have access to gigabit Internet speeds over an all-fiber optic network, Paul Bunyan Communications announced today.  Thanks to recent upgrades to the cooperative’s all-fiber optic communications network, more than 2,000 locations across the reservation including Red Lake, Redby, Little Rock, Ponemah and surrounding areas now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second.

“This is exciting news for the Red Lake Nation and our tribal members! Having access to fiber Internet services is vital to our rural economy and impacts so many aspects of life.  To start a new business, find a good job, or get a high quality education you need a quality high-speed Internet connection. The GigaZone is on the cutting edge of technology and enhances the Red Lake Nation’s unique assets, including a large workforce and the Red Lake Nation College, for economic development and business expansion. We’re excited about the positive impact this will have on our Tribe now and well into the future,” said Darrell Seki, Sr., Red Lake Tribal Chairman.

“It’s a big day for our cooperative and the Red Lake Nation.  We’ve always been committed to offering our region the best possible communication services.  When we were formed 65 years ago, that meant providing telephone services in areas no other provider would serve.  Today it means delivering advanced data capabilities and Internet services to our members which are unsurpassed by any region or any other provider in the country – regardless of size or location.  The GigaZone will not only provide the capacity to handle current communication technologies quickly and efficiently, it will also meet the increasing demands of the next generation of innovations,” said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.

Paul Bunyan Communications’ GigaZone is currently available to more than 23,900 locations across north-central Minnesota and continues to expand, making it one of the largest gigabit fiber networks in the country.

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.

GigaZone service options include unprecedented fiber optic Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps – a Gigabit.  Members who subscribe to GigaZone Internet can also add PBTV Fusion digital television service and/or low cost unlimited long distance service and a variety of other services offered by the cooperative.

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.

Entrepreneurship needs fostering AND broadband such as Red Wing Ignite

Clearly I’ve been wrestling with recent research indicating that rural counties with better broadband do not also have greater levels of entrepreneurship.

I get it and I think it has a lot to do with jobs but I just so firmly believe that it’s pre-broadband job mentality getting in the way of broadband economic opportunities. Jobs are right for some people but broadband should open the door to other choices.

I thought about that when I read about Lt Governor Tina Smith’s visit to Red Wing Ignite in the Red Wing Republican Eagle

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith visited with Red Wing Ignite representatives and toured the building Thursday as part of her “87 Counties in 86 Days” tour.

Red Wing has FTTH. That’s great but more importantly I think Red Wing Ignite is helping local businesses and residents learn about the opportunities…

Adkisson, an Ignite board member, explained the organization’s mission to help Red Wing on the map, in the state and nationally, as an “entrepreneurial spirit community.”

“An entrepreneur myself for the last 40 years as a business owner, there’s not a lot of support for our dream,” he said. “So, we thought what we needed to do was go after support for entrepreneurs so that they have the best opportunity to build a business and not just take their dreams and watch them fail.” …

Smith said she was impressed by the organization’s community-wide collaborations to foster talent, workforce and access to capital.

“You can just see what can be accomplished when you’ve got the kind of collaboration that is happening here in Red Wing,” she said. “They are creating a real physical and virtual ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the region and in this community with Red Wing Ignite, and that’s really exciting.”

It will be interesting to see the impact of the programming on business starts, jobs and economic development in the future.

From typewriter, to dialup to fiber – The Iron Range is getting serious about the Information Age

Aaron Brown writes about life on The Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. (He also hosts a great radio show on KAXE.) He has been vocal about the need for better broadband in his community. Today he celebrates the history of technology in Minnesota (fun to read as I remember working with the early providers in the area) – and recognizes that now is the time to really get serious…

Minnesota’s relationship with the internet has come a long way in 25 years. And while it still has some immature tendencies (I’m looking at you, creepy clown videos), now is when life in the Information Age starts to get serious.

The whole article is worth a read! But I wanted to point out that the timing of a recent hefty broadband upgrade in Aaron’s area has everything to do with “getting serious” …

Earlier this month, my family and I attended a community open house for Paul Bunyan Communication’s Central Itasca Fiber project. You might recall that I wrote about this last winter when the project sought funding. The interest then was great then, but now thousands of rural Iron Rangers will actually connect to gigabyte speeds — from Balsam and Lawrence townships to areas North of Nashwauk. Thus, the mood at the event was jubilant. Almost 300 people packed the Balsam Hall to hear project updates.

Before the upgrade, they were waiting on deck – hard to start a business without broadband, hard to recruit young families without broadband, hard to deploy telehealth practices, upgrade homework options, the list goes on. Now they can get serious – now they can compete with other communities that have broadband. Before the just weren’t contenders!

It’s great news for The Range – but a cautionary tale for any community that doesn’t have broadband or any community that is looking at an incremental upgrade that will still leave them out as serious contenders to compete for business, residents, health care, education upgrades. Because other communities are ready!

GigaZone Comes to Turtle River, Puposky, and Tenstrike

Good news from Paul Bunyan…

The GigaZone Comes to Turtle River, Puposky, and Tenstrike
One of the largest rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the United States continues to grow; Now available to more than 21,600 in northern Minnesota

(Bemidji, MN) (October 13, 2016) – Paul Bunyan Communications has announced that for the first time, the GigaZone has come to areas of Turtle River, Puposky, and Tenstrike along with additional areas of Bemidji. As a result of continued upgrades to the Cooperative’s all-fiber optic communications network over 2,800 more locations now have access to GigaZone services including Internet speeds up to a Gigabit per second.

“We’re making 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 many 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 21,600 locations including all of the cooperative’s service area of rural Park Rapids, Lake George, Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids, most of Grand Rapids, and areas of Bemidji, Cohasset, LaPrairie, Turtle River, Tenstrike, and Puposky.

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.

Blandin Broadband Communities Update Red Wing: working with kids to find good jobs at home

We spent the morning hearing about broadband projects in Red Wing. Red Wing has Gig access – they are in a different position than many other Blandin Broadband Communities. And if you want to know what a Gig can do – go upload video in real time. It’s nice.

It was great to hear about the collaboration and mentoring happening in the community due to that Gig. The sum of the actions is greater than the gig.

One comment that really struck me was the observation that broadband will bring people to a community – but good childcare will keep them there. Now how can we make broadband help that effort.

Here’s the PowerPoint from the session

And the videos

And my notes. Continue reading

Annandale gets fiber ahead of schedule from Midco

Good news for Annandale from Midco

Advanced internet, cable TV and phone services are now available to more than 2,600 homes and businesses in Annandale. Today, Midco announced that infrastructure construction is complete, bringing fiber-optic broadband to the city five weeks ahead of schedule. And last week, the company welcomed its 500th customer in Annandale.

Based on their website here are the services they are offering…

Midco built approximately 292,000 feet – more than 55 miles – of infrastructure in Annandale. The resulting high-capacity network delivers the technology backbone to support the people and businesses of Annandale for years to come.

Midco’s standard service speeds run as high as 200 megabits per second – faster than what’s traditionally been available in Annandale. By the end of 2017, Midco will upgrade its system to offer 1 gigabit speeds across its entire service area.

And a reminder on the history of broadband in the area…

Midco’s entry in the Annandale market ends the city’s multiyear attempt to provide a broadband alternative for the small Minnesota community. Annandale’s efforts to improve its broadband service became statewide news during the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions, as city officials and businesses testified about the crippling effect that unreliable service had on local businesses.

In August 2015, Midco announced it would build out services in Annandale. Construction began in April 2016. In June, the first services were turned on for the first neighborhoods.