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GigaZone activated for more locations in Bemidji

BEMIDJI—Paul Bunyan Communications announced this week that an additional 2,800 locations in the Bemidji area have recently been upgraded and are now in the GigaZone.

Activated just three months ago, the GigaZone is the company's gigabit network, one of the largest such networks in the United States.

The GigaZone is now available to more than 7,300 locations including all of the cooperative's service area of rural Park Rapids, the Trout Lake Township east of Grand Rapids and areas of Bemidji. GigaZone upgrades are expected during the remainder of the year for more than 12,000 additional locations in Bemidji, Cass Lake, Park Rapids and Grand Rapids.

GigaZone service options include broadband Internet speeds of up to 1000 Mbps — or a Gigabit.

"When we announced this initiative back in September we made a commitment to bring the GigaZone to our entire service area which we know will take a few years. That said, I did not anticipate we would be able to reach so many locations so quickly," said Gary Johnson, Paul Bunyan Communications CEO/General Manager, in a press release.