Congrats to South Loup Athletics!

We’re saying a big congratulations to students at Arnold and Callaway High Schools!  These students proved that they have exemplary schools spirit during out “Pump It Up” video contest.

The contest was sponsored by GPC-TV, our family of local channels, that airs on Channel 2 in many of our communities.  Students from schools across the state entered YouTube videos created by their high school sport teams that showcased their school spirit. The contest received nearly a dozen entries.  As first place winners, the school received $500. The funds were presented to the school’s athletic department on Friday, April 11th.

Here at Great Plains Communications, we are big fans of local sports teams.  Each year, we airs hundreds of hours local sports programming on GPC-TV including volleyball, football, and basketball.  High school sports programming is some of the most popular that we air on GPC-TV and we are proud to support high school athletic departments across the state.

If you want to see the winning video, click here.



It’s Time for the Husker Spring Game Brought to You by BTN!

If you aren’t one of the expected 60,000+ fans going to see the Husker spring game live, you can still catch every minute of action!  The game will be televised on BTN at 7pm CT as part of a full day of Big Ten spring game action.  Other games include Penn St. and Wisconsin (in case you want to check out the competition).

If you want to watch the game in real time, you can see all the action on BTN2GO, BTN’s mobile service allows you to stream content on your tablet, phone or PC.  The game begins at 2pm CT this Saturday, April 12th.  If you haven’t signed up for BTN2GO, there is still time before Saturday.  All you have to do is sign-up with our partner Watch TV Everywhere, which provides a mobile viewing experience for more than 2 dozen channels.  If you signed up for events such as the Olympics or March Madness, then you will already have an account.

To sign-up for Watch TV Everywhere, you will need the name of the account holder and your account number.  Both can be found on your monthly statement or via your eBill account.

What will be your favorite part of the game this weekend?  Let us know in the comments section below!


Three New Reasons to Keep Your Landline Phone

1. It’s the best way to secure your home:  Many emergency systems demand a dependable landline connection to make the system work.  It is certainly necessary for many emergency alert pendants who use a wireless connection to a landline device to ensure that an emergency isn’t missed due to spotty cell reception.  When you have a critical health situation, you don’t want to worry about bad reception!

2. It’s the only way to work from home:  Working from home at least a few days a month is becoming more and more popular.  However, poor call quality makes you sound unprofessional and few bosses will okay telecommuting if you are going to drop off of important calls.  Many of today’s cellular phones focus more on the apps on the phone than providing good voice quality.  That is never a problem with landlines.

3. Having a landline can actually save you money: Thanks to bundling, having a landline phone can actually help you save on your other services.  When you bundle with Great Plains Communications, you can save up to 40%.  You may be surprised just how cheap it is to have the reliability and safety of a landline in your home.

To find out more about our bundles, visit our interactive bundle finder, today.


Give the Gift of Ease!

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, we invite you to get your mom or grandma the gift of an easy wireless Internet connection. From now until May 8th, register to win a tablet for your mom or grandma at www.gpcom.com/mom!

Tablets have become increasingly popular with many older adults due to how easy it is to use.  It’s also easier than ever to setup a wireless network inside of a home.  Great Plains Communications, offers a full service setup of routers and wireless networks.   With a wireless network,  your mom or grandma can Face Time, see photos on Facebook or access email anywhere in the house!  When your mom sees how easy it is to setup a wireless system and how amazing faster speeds are, she’ll be overwhelmingly grateful.

Having a wireless network for tablets is far superior to relying on a cellular data connection.  Most data plans from cellular companies have ultra low data caps.  and will max out their data allowance after streaming just two movies.  These connections are also less secure than a private wireless network and are less stable.  When you connect your tablet to a home wireless network, you bypass those low data caps and enjoy security that you can control.

Find out more by calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 or visiting our website at www.gpcom.com.  Then get ready to bask in the knowledge that you have aced Mother’s Day!


Spring Projects Coming Up? Call Before You Dig!

Call Before You DigEven though the weather is still pretty chilly, many Nebraskans are already looking forward to their upcoming outdoor spring projects.  Before these plans get underway, we’re taking a moment to remind our customers to call before they start any digging projects this year.

Digging projects include lawn installation projects such as building a new fence, putting in an underground pool, planting new trees, or adding a fountain.  Any project that requires you to dig more than 6 inches into the ground should start with a call to 811.  (That means most gardening projects should be fine!)

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city.  These pipes and wires can run under city streets, businesses, parks, and your home.  While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, Cable, and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some cable may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.  Thus we encourage all customers to check with the hotline even if you don’t think that your digging project is very extensive.

In addition to the easy-to-remember 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website at http://www.ne1call.com/.  There you can find information about digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and a helpful handbook.

Remember that it’s your duty to call before you start a project and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable.  Protect yourself and your neighbors and always call first!


Congratulations to Ponca High School!

Congratulations to Ponca High School!  They won our Winter Sports Contest which asked schools to send in video coverage of their winter sporting events.  We received dozens of great games from around the state, but Ponca won for the quality and quantity of its submissions.

Ponca High School won the $500 grand prize and an additional $150 for the number of games they submitted.  Ponca submitted 34 of the 140 videos that we received during the contest. We gave out $1,000 to schools during the contest.

The contest helps us bring more local high school sporting events to our communities, which is some of the most popular programming on GPC-TV.  If you haven’t seen your school’s games on our channel, make sure to encourage them to send in their replays!  You can find out more about GPC-TV at www.gpctv.net.



It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week and we’re making sure that our customers know that they have a great option for staying on top of storms and tornadoes.

If you haven’t seen GPC-TV recently, you may have noticed our new weather service.  It’s called Weather on Channel 2 and it provides 24/7 access to up-to-date weather information.  Weather on Channel 2 tracks weather at the national and local level to ensure that residents are able to see severe weather when (and sometimes before) it strikes.

The feature also uses easy to understand color guides to alert viewers of severe weather.  The feature will shift the general color of the channel to yellow if there is a watch issued and also to red if there is a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning in the area.

Plus, the weather featured on GPC-TV is the most local weather that you have access to.  We know how important hyper-local weather is during severed weather that may affect a small, but substantial area.

You do have to be a Great Plains Communications Cable subscriber to have access to GPC-TV and Weather on Channel 2.  If you want to sign-up, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.


Last Day to Vote In the Pump Up Video Contest!

Today is the last day to vote in our Pump Up Video Contest!  You have until midnight tonight to vote for your favorite video and help one deserving team win $500!  The second place team will win $200 and the third place team will win $100.  That’s three chances for your favorite sporting team to earn money for their school.

Voting is easy!  All you have to do is go to http://www.gpcom.com/pumpup/submitted-videos and click the “thumbs-up” for your favorite video.  Then share that video and encourage your friends and family to vote, as well!


March Madness is Back!

It’s a big year for Nebraska in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and we can’t be happier to be able to help you keep up with every minute of the action!  This year, both the Nebraska Huskers (11 seed) and the Creighton Bluejays (3 seed) are in the tournament.  Many expect Creighton to go deep this year.

Thanks to CBS and our partnership with Watch TV Everywhere, we are able to provide you with coverage of every single March Madness game.  You will also be able to see hours of extra footage and behind-the-scenes action.  If you have signed up for Watch TV Everywhere in the past few years, you are all set!  However, if you haven’t then it’s time to click here and sign up!  You will need the name of the account holder and your account number.  These items are on your bill.

This is a service provided only to Great Plains Communications Cable subscribers and you must have access to the channels that are airing this year’s games.  To find out what channels are available in your area, please visit our channel guides.  Games will be aired on CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV.  You can find out the full schedule at http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness.


A Brand New Site – TVOnMySide.com

Recently, a brand new site was launched to help answer some of the most common questions we get from our customers.  Specifically, TVOnMySide.com explains how Cable fees work and how they impact the TV our cutomers see.  The site also serves as an area to provide our customers with information about important issues such as retransmission and carriage fees, which can have a direct impact on the price of Cable service.

Here is an example of the types of questions answered by TVOnMySide.com.

Q: Why do I have to pay for channels I never watch?

A: Cable TV providers are often required by contract to carry both the most-popular and least-popular cable networks. In turn, if we ask for a price for just the most-popular networks, a common response from channel owners is to raise their price, effectively eliminating this option from consideration. Here’s a hypothetical scenario to help illustrate the situation: Imagine that, under its current contract, a certain programming channel owner is receiving a total of $4.00 per customer per month for three channels. Only one of those three channels is highly rated.

In negotiating a new contract, the channel owner now wants $6.00 per customer per month for the same three channels. When asked what the price would be for just the one highly rated channel, the owner responds that it will be $6.50. In other words, the channel owner demands $6.00 for three channels (a 50% increase over its current fees) or $6.50 for one channel (a 62.5% increase). That leaves the Cable TV provider with little option but to buckle down and seek a lower rate for all three channels, two of which you may never watch.

We encourage all of our customers to take some time and check out TVOnMySide.com for answers to Cable questions.  You can also leave customer feedback on the site and get updates about the latest in programming fees and Cable networks that are trying to dramatically increase rates.

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