Bemidji is home to Paul Bunyan Communications, one of the largest telecommunications cooperatives in Minnesota and nationally recognized for their advanced all-fiber optic communication network. The fiber optic-rich network which encompasses over 5,100 square miles of northern Minnesota for virtually every residential and commercial establishment, has a focus on redundancy and reliability. The cooperative provides the very latest in data, video, and voice services that is backed by a local staff of communication professionals ready to provide top-tier technical support.
In the fall of 2014, the cooperative announced it had started construction of the GigaZone, which is already one of the largest gigabit networks in rural America. The GigaZone provides Broadband speeds, both download and upload, up to one Gigabit per second, which is up to 1,000 times faster than DSL and cable modem Internet services. Today over 14,000 locations in northern Minnesota are in the GigaZone and once completed it will include the cooperative's entire service territory encompassing over 30,000 homes and businesses.
"The GigaZone 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. We have always been committed to providing our region with the best possible communication services. In today's world that means delivering advanced data services and Internet capabilities unsurpassed by any region or any other provider in the country - regardless of size or location. The GigaZone will not only provide our communities the capacity to handle current communication technologies quickly and efficiently, it will also meet the increasing demands of the next generation of technological innovations," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager.
In today's global economy, connectivity is vital. While most rural areas struggle to get even the most basic of broadband access, Bemidji doesn't have that worry thanks to the forward-thinking investment of Paul Bunyan Communications. For Bemidji, the future of Broadband services is already here.