Apr
23

2015 Summer Television Premieres

Wayward Pines

Looking for some new suspense in your life? Wait no longer than May 14, 2015 when Wayward Pines premieres its first episode on FOX. With a combination of drama, fantasy and suspense all wrapped up in a small town nobody seems to leave from, you know there are secrets waiting to be revealed.

Aquarius

The excitement of the 60’s, a combative detective and a missing young girl are just a few of the things you could find in the new series Aquarius, premiering May 28, 2015 on NBC. What starts out to be a missing person case is quickly revealed to be in connection with the notorious Charles Manson.

The Whispers

When numerous fatal and mysterious incidents occur in Washington D.C., an FBI child specialist is called in to understand the connection to a group of children who claim their imaginary friend Drill told them to do it. Don’t miss the drama and suspense filled new series The Whispers premiering June 1, 2015 on ABC.

Apr
21

Make your Home Energy Efficient this Earth Day

As technology becomes increasingly prevalent in our society’s day-to-day routine, people often forget about simple ways of helping our planet by staying energy efficient. Great Plains Communications would like to share just a few steps you can take to make sure your home is energy efficient this Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

 

1.  Be sure to turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

This could mean unplugging your phone charger when not charging a device, turning off your porch light when not in use and unplugging your toaster when you’ve finished making breakfast. Each of these might be a small act, but eliminating multiple devices has the power of being very effective in the quest for energy conservation.

2.  Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LED bulbs.

By making the switch, you could reduce your home’s energy use by around a third, to as much as 80%.

3.  Wash clothes in cold water.

According to Consumer Reports, your clothes will come out just as clean using cold water as they would using hot. Even your whites will end up cleaner than ever with cold water. Not only will you end up with a pile of freshly washed clothes, but you could end up saving an extreme amount of energy. In fact, 90% of energy you consume when running your washing machine is produced just from heating up the water for hot or warm loads.

 

These are just a few ways to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly bills and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to go green this Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to know how you plan to do so. Let us know what echo-friendly activities you have planned for tomorrow in the comments below.

Apr
16

Don’t Forget Administrative Professionals’ Day Next Week

Left: Missy Wiemer, Lisa Andersen, Jacque Wilkins
Not Pictured: Nina Stewart, Deb Riker

Next Wednesday, April 22 is Administrative Professionals’ Day and Great Plains Communications would like to give a well-deserved “Thank you” to all of our Administrative Professionals. These women include Missy Wiemer, Lisa Andersen, Jacque Wilkins, not pictured: Nina Stewart and Deb Riker. They are the glue that holds our company together, invaluable members of our team and we appreciate all that they do. Behind every successful team, there is an efficient Administrative Professional. Again, Great Plains Communications would like to thank Missy, Lisa, Jacque, Nina and Deb.

Apr
14

Call Before you Dig this Spring

Have you started opening up the windows yet? Are you just itching to get outside and start your spring projects? Before your shovel hits the dirt, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the Digger’s Hotline.

Keep in mind that the projects we are referring to are more than just planting some tomatoes or putting in some new bushes around the fence. If you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. This could be the install of a new fence, putting in an underground pool or planting a new tree.

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 underneath 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 wires may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.

In addition to the 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit, at http://www.ne1call.com/. There you can find information on digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and even registration for a Damage Prevention Class.

Remember that it is your duty to call before starting a project, and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable. Protect yourself and your neighbors and call 811 first!

Apr
09

BTN Bringing you the Spring Game this Saturday

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If you aren’t planning on being in Memorial Stadium this Saturday, don’t worry about missing the big Husker spring game. You can still catch every minute of the action with BTN and BTN2GO. The game will be televised on BTN at 1pm CT this Saturday, April 11, and don’t forget about streaming the game on your tablet or phone through BTN2GO. If you aren’t currently taking advantage of BTN2GO, don’t worry, there is still time to sign-up before Saturday! All you have to do is sign-up with Great Plains Communications‘ partner Watch TV Everywhere, which provides a mobile viewing experience for more than 2 dozen channels.

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 your eBill account.

If you have any questions about signing up, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. What is your favorite part of football season? Let us know in the comment section below!

Apr
07

COMPTEL PLUS Business Expo 2015

COMPTEL PLUS is produced by COMPTEL, the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings, as well as the development and deployment of next-generation IP-based networks and advanced services utilizing fiber, copper and wireless facilities.

The conference is held twice a year, providing attendees the opportunity to network and learn about the latest industry trends and products. In 2013, COMPTEL PLUS brought in over 180 exhibitors and just over 3,800 attendees. This year will be the first time Great Plains Communications makes the trip to Comptel being held in Orlando, Florida, April 12-15.

Three of the keynote speakers for this year’s conference are listed below.

  • Senator Bill Nelson, Ranking Democrat on Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Nelson will be speaking on the outlook for the 114th Congress, as well as an array of communications-related issues.
  • Milo Medin, Vice President, Access Services, Google, Inc. Medin will be discussing the “Agenda for Broadband Abundance.”
  • Dow Draper, President, Spring Wholesale & Prepaid Services. Draper will present up and coming goals and visions for Sprint, while also touching on new products that are expected to “transform wireless communications.”

For more information on what to expect this year at the COMPTEL PLUS Business Expo 2015, check out their website at www.comptelplus.org. If you find yourself in the area, or plan to represent your own company in Orlando next week, be sure to stop by booth #218 and say hi to Great Plains Communications. We’re excited to see you there!

Apr
02

Throwback Thursday: Forgotten Easter Television Specials

1. It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)

Leave it to Charlie Brown and friends to take part in the colorful traditions of Easter, such as painting Easter eggs and having an egg hunt. In case you forgot, Linus is determined to believe in the Easter beagle, as Snoopy tries to fill the role for him.

2. The Easter Bunny Is Comin’ to Town (1977)

Continuing the love for Fred Astaire’s Claymation mail-carrier character from Santa Clause Is Comin’ to Town, this movie provided answers to the many letters sent in to the Easter Bunny. From there the story begins, and you are later left with the warm nostalgic feeling as the ending song starts and the mail-carrier’s train rides through the town.

3. Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)

Seymour S. Sassafrass starts the movie showing his unique personality and telling of his business. He then goes on to tell the story of Peter Cottontail, a young Easter Bunny, and his adventures in April Valley.

4. Yogi the Easter Bear (1994)

“When there’s candy in the air, you’ll find—who else? Yogi Bear!” The story starts with Yogi as his cheerfully oblivious self, but later finds himself in search of the kidnapped Easter Bunny in hopes of taking him back to Jellystone.

Great Plains Communications hopes you enjoyed the throwback to Easter specials from younger years. No matter if you find yourself coloring eggs, eating delicious food or just talking with friends and family, we hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Mar
31

Easter Crafts by Disney

No matter if Easter is a celebration of your religious beliefs, or simply a time filled with sunshine, family and pastel colored eggs, it is quickly approaching. Has your Easter dress been bought? Have the eggs been dyed? Is the Easter menu planned? Great Plains Communications has teamed up with Disney to provide two fun Easter crafts the kids can keep busy with this week.

http://family.disney.com/crafts/snow-whites-diamond-easter-eggs

 Snow White’s Diamond Easter Eggs

With faux gems and shimmering “diamond dust”, these eggs are sure to look just like ones the seven dwarfs left Snow White in her Easter basket. All you need to make these dazzling eggs are:

-          Scissors

-          Pencil

-          Scrapbook paper or other colored paper

-          Glue stick

-          Clear faux gem stickers and/or glitter glue

You can find the rest of the instructions on Disney’s website.

http://family.disney.com/crafts/cinderellas-tabletop-easter-chicks

 Cinderella’s Tabletop Easter Chicks

Soft felt and fuzzy pipe cleaners are just two of the items needed to make these adorable Easter chicks. Let the kids write their names on small pieces of paper and attach them around one of the chick’s legs to create fun customized place cards around the dinner table. All you will need to make Cinderella’s Tabletop Easter Chicks are:

-          Scissors

-          Straight pins

-          Felt (yellow and orange)

-          Orange pipe cleaners

-          Hot glue gun

-          Googly eyes

You can find the rest of the instructions on Disney’s website.

http://family.disney.com/crafts/woody-easter-egg

 Woody Easter Egg

A little more advanced than the other crafts, this Woody egg will be one the kids will be proud to show off to the family. From his colored in face and red neckerchief, the beloved pull-string cowboy will find a place with your family this Easter. For a full listing of needed supplies and instructions, check out Disney’s website.

Mar
26

5 Social Media 101 Tips for Businesses

Networking is no longer just updating your business card and dispersing as needed. It has become more than just rubbing elbows with fellow business owners at the annual banquet and making calls to potential clients. Today’s definition of networking includes an array of virtual options that are becoming common-place in the communication mix, and we are left with social networking. Providing an abundance of options, opportunities and potential, social networking or social media, can become very overwhelming. Great Plains Communications would like to share just five basic tips to keep in mind when starting up your business’ social presence.

  1. Pick the right platform for your business.  Don’t feel like you have to utilize every social media outlet. First figure out your demographic, and plan accordingly. If you are targeting an older market, Twitter might not be the best use of your time. Instead of quantity, focus on the quality of content you are publishing.
  2. Keep it updated and consistent.  One of the biggest unspoken rules of social media is to keep your information up-to-date. This means information from your past experience on LinkedIn, to office hours and company values on Facebook. You must also keep it consistent. By keeping the ‘About Me’ of your company consistent on all social networks, you build branding and association for the customer.
  3. Start the conversation.  Plan out your content and make sure you are present on your sites. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours on Twitter or constantly checking Facebook. Rule of thumb, a minimum of three Facebook posts a week and five tweets a week.  It is different for every business, but never posting can look worse than not having a site at all.
  4. Share the love.  Just as you ask friends to like your page or follow your account, reach out and do the same for other businesses. When you retweet, you get retweeted. This comes from the ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’ mentality. If you see a post that you think your customers would benefit from, share it.
  5. Track results and adjust.  All social networks have some form of analytics or tracking feature to let you see just how well your posts are doing. Don’t take it personally if you don’t get retweeted, or if nobody likes your post. Social media is about trying new things and figuring out what works for your business and your customers. Take the results, adjust and try something else. Don’t give up.

 

Mar
24

Stay Informed with Severe Weather Awareness Week

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week and Great Plains Communications wants to remind you of some important tips and procedures to help keep you and your loved ones safe during severe weather situations.

We provide local Weather on Channel 2 through GPC-TV, bringing you 24/7 access to up-to-date weather information. Weather on Channel 2 tracks weather at the national and local level via advanced satellite imaging along with the five-day forecast.

One of the most important factors to severe weather safety is understanding and receiving up-to-date warnings. Are you in a Watch or Warning, and what does that mean for you?

 

Watch

A watch is just that, when the conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather and should continue to be tracked. At this time, it would be best to take precautions and make sure you have supplies prepared should bad weather arise.

Warning

When a warning is issued, severe weather is either occurring or impending. At this point, you should immediately take action to protect yourself, your family and your property.

 

To keep you updated, GPC-TV’s Weather on Channel 2 uses an easy to understand color guide alert in the case of severe weather. The feature will shift the general color of the channel to yellow if there is a watch issued in the area, and to red if there is a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning.

You must be a Great Plains Communications Cable subscriber to have access to GPC-TV and Weather on Channel 2. Check the GPC-TV website for a list of communities with Weather on Channel 2 availability. If you would like to sign-up or have additional questions, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, and a representative would be happy to help you.

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