Kooch County Intelligent Community Report

Koochiching Technology Initiative (KTI) recently received a report outlining the county’s performance in six key areas that determine competitiveness in today’s digital economy. Developed by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a global organization that helps communities effectively adapt to the demands of the broadband economy, the report compares Kooch County to other communities large and small in urban, suburban and rural areas. Click below to read the full report. ICF Snapshot Report Dec 2019 Koochiching Cty MN

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Paul Bunyan Communications Applies for Grant Funding

August 26, 2019, International Falls, MN – Efforts to get high-speed internet in some Koochiching County homes and businesses received a boost this week when Paul Bunyan Communications announced it’s applying for grant funding through the Border-to-Border Broadband program. If funded, the company could offer services to more than 1,200 locations in Kabetogama, Pelland Junction, Ericsburg and Ray. Since funders take local support into consideration when approving awards, residents are encouraged to send letters of support. “Our goal is to maximize the points the application receives for community interest,” says Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Information Technology and Development Manager. Letters of Support Needed By September 9 According to Howard, letters… Read More

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Kabetogama Support Needed by August 21

Paul Bunyan Communications has announced it is seeking grant funding for a broadband project in Koochiching County. The first grant, through IRRRB, includes Kabetogama and is DUE AUGUST 21. You can help increase the application’s likelihood of success by writing letters of support to: Paul Bunyan Communications Attn:  Steve Howard 1831 Anne St NW Bemidji, MN  56601 Or email showard@paulbunyan.net. The company is also applying for grants for other areas in the county through the Border-to-Border Broadband program. More information regarding the projects areas and what you can do to help will be available soon. Please share this information with your neighbors to help spread the word and get broadband access… Read More

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Internet Survey Based On Your Address

Ray – https://survey.paulbunyan.net/ray Pelland Junction – https://survey.paulbunyan.net/pellandjunction Rainy Lake – https://survey.paulbunyan.net/rainylake Roger’s Corner – https://survey.paulbunyan.net/rogerscorner Kabetogama – https://survey.paulbunyan.net/kabetogama Koochiching Technology Initiative Improving Broadband Internet Access Help bring better internet service to Koochiching and Kabetogama. Many residents of Koochiching and Kabetogama do not have access to good internet speeds, or “broadband” internet, which the FCC defines as 25/3 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up). The Koochiching Technology Initiative (KTI) with help from Cooperative Network Services has identified five priority areas to target for internet improvement: Rogers Corner, Ray, Kabetogama, Pelland Junction and Rainy Lake. These neighborhoods don’t have broadband but do have a high enough density of homes and businesses that Internet Service Providers (ISPs)… Read More

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