Paul Bunyan Communications Wins Smart Rural Community Showcase Award

Pictured L-R: Tim Hins- PBC Board Director, Dave Shultz- PBC Chief Financial Officer, Bruce Campbell- PBC Board Director, Mark Mattson- PBC Board Director of PBC, Jim Sutton-PBC Board Director, Shirly Bloomfield-NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association President and CEO, Randy Frisk-PBC Board Director, and Gary Johnson, CEO/ CEO of PBC

Dallas, Texas (February 21, 2022) – NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association President and CEO Shirley Bloomfield today announced that Paul Bunyan Communications is the winner of the 2021 Smart Rural CommunitySM (SRC) Showcase Award.

Paul Bunyan Communications is a member of the NTCA, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent community telecommunications companies in rural communities across America. The NTCA SRC program is a network of communities supported by providers who are committed to creating opportunity in their communities through high-quality broadband service. The Showcase Awards are given to SRC members who best exemplify the program’s goal of driving growth in rural communities.

“Being a smart rural community provider means going above and beyond to provide the highest quality service to your neighbors,” Bloomfield said. “And the Showcase Award winners are those who best exemplify how a broadband provider can change lives and make their communities better places to live. I commend Paul Bunyan for their tremendous work and thank them for their commitment to serving rural America.”

“We are honored to be recognized as one of three national winners of the 2021 NTCA Smart Rural Community Showcase Award! We have an incredibly talented team and this award is a direct result of their hard work and dedication. Our cooperative s ‘committed to providing the very best broadband services to our members and we are very proud to have built one of the largest all-fiber rural networks in the United States,” said Gary Johnson, CEO/General Manager of Paul Bunyan Communications.

To learn more about the SRC program, click here. The 2021 Showcase Award winners were announced at the 2022 Rural Telecommunications Industry Meeting and Expo (RTIME)

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent community telecommunications companies driving innovative change in smart rural communities across America. In an era of transformative technological developments, regulatory challenges and market competition, NTCA members are advancing their efforts to bridge the digital divide by delivering robust, high-quality services over scalable networks. Their commitment to building sustainable networks makes rural communities fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, healthcare, agriculture and education, and contributes billions of dollars to the American economy. Visit us at

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