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Paul Bunyan Communications increases broadband speeds

BEMIDJI — Paul Bunyan Communications said Friday it has doubled broadband Internet speeds, offering speeds as high as 150 megabits per second (Mbps) for its members.

“Broadband internet in rural areas is certainly a hot political topic right now at the state and national level,” Gary Johnson, the company’s CEO, said in a release. “The areas served by our cooperative have had access to high speed internet as early as 1998 and as we continue to improve on the region’s largest all fiber optic network we’ve been able to increase the level of service to our members.”

Brian Bissonette, marketing supervisor, said there are not too many areas in the United States with speeds up to 150 Mbps. “We are very proud to continue to put our members and communities at the forefront in getting the most advanced broadband Internet speeds available,” he said in the release.

The release said standard Internet service for high-speed customers can now be up to 20 Mbps for uploads and downloads.