Stop and See Us at the Red Willow County Fair!

The Red Willow County Fair in McCook, NE has officially started. Running July 20-24, you can expect jam packed days of excitement, from the Heartland Pulling Tractor Pull tonight at 5:00 p.m., the Aaron Lewis concert tomorrow night presented by Community Hospital, and the Crowning of the Queens Saturday night starting at 7:45 p.m. As you enjoy all the fun the fair has to offer, don’t forget to stop by Great Plains Communications’ booth to find out about our upcoming Back to School promotion that includes a free Roku streaming device for new and current customers who sign up for high-speed Internet service!

This school year Great Plains Communications’ Back to School offer will have you studying with ease provided by some of our fastest speeds, and the following additional perks when you sign up for a 2 year contract:

  • FREE Roku 3 if you sign up or upgrade to either 30 or 50 meg Internet
  • FREE Roku stick if you sign up or upgrade to 15 meg Internet
  • FREE installation to new customers

Starting August 15 – October 15, this deal is one you won’t want to miss. Stop by our booth at the Red Willow County Fair for more information on the Back to School promotion or to find out what speeds are available in your town, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Is a Landline Telephone on your Summer Storm Safety Checklist?

The summer seems to just be heating up, and with that heat comes the risk of tornadoes here in the Midwest. Do you have a plan for when bad weather hits? Flashlight, check. Bottled water, check. Emergency blanket, check. Landline telephone, maybe not? You may be wondering why you would need a landline, when all the members of your family have cell phones. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. But with cell phones come batteries that need power to recharge. So if the power goes out, those cell phones might not work through the storm. Below Great Plains Communications has listed just a few advantages to having a landline telephone.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connection
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potentially faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Be careful of cordless phones, as they can lose power in a storm as well. Our recommendation would be to keep your family safe this season with a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way, you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection no matter what the crazy Midwest weather throws our way.

For more information on how you can get a landline telephone through Great Plains Communications, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representative would be happy to assist you.

Meet a Tech – Mike Howard

Meet Mike Howard, Lead Internet Technician for Great Plains Communications located in Blair, NE.

Q: How long have you been with Great Plains Communications?

A:  I have been with Great Plains Communications for 3 years in the Internet Customer Service Department and was recently promoted to Lead Internet Tech.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Great Plains Communications?

A: I always feel I am learning something new each day.

 

Q:  What is one thing you have learned from working in customer support?

A:  I have learned that you have to have a lot of patience. Every customer is different and you have to put yourself in their shoes and see the issue from their side.

 

Q:  Outside of work, do you have any hobbies?

A:  I like to go fishing or boating in my free time. Usually I go down to my parents’ condo at the Lake of the Ozarks with my family and friends a few times a year. I also enjoy going to music events in Omaha or Lincoln and spending time at the race track. I will also be attending the Ice Cream Cruise car show and 1/8 mile race this August, which I attend annually.

Take a Trip Around Nebraska this Summer!

There is still time to travel this summer! But maybe you don’t want to take on the expenses of flying, well you don’t have to. With the 2016 Nebraska Passport Program, you will discover new things our beautiful state has to offer in each of the 80 stops. The program runs from May 1 through September 30, 2016 and you have multiple options for getting started. To request your passport booklet, you can either pick one up from one of the 80 official destinations, receive it by mail, call 402.471.3796, or send your name and mailing address to info@nebraskapassport.com. There’s even an app you can download!

So what exactly is the 2016 Nebraska Passport Program?

It is a way for people to not only see new parts of the state of Nebraska, but interact with the communities they visit. As stated on the Nebraska Passport website, “Nebraska Passport tours this year highlight the 100th Anniversary of our National Park System, the unique farm to table culinary movement that exists in our state, incredible small businesses, and lofty heights.” Just a few of the exciting stops on the 2016 map include:

Bean Broker 2nd Street Coffee House & Pub in Chadron, NE – Rise ‘N Shine Tour

Custer County Museum in Broken Bow, NE – Where Art Thou Tour

Eat Restaurant in Dodge, NE – Order Up Tour

Country Junction Antiques in Neligh, NE – Prairie Treasure

 

These are just a few of the 80 locations across the state, with many more in Great Plains Communications communities. Check if one is in your area, for a great starting point to your trip. The more stamps you collect, the bigger the prize your family could win. For a list of the prizes and additional information, visit their website nebraskapassport.com. There is still time this summer to get out and enjoy the amazing state we live in, have fun and get going!

Don’t Forget About WatchTVEverywhere this Summer!

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Watch all of your favorite shows on all of your wireless devices with WatchTVEverywhere from Great Plains Communications! If you are a cable customer of ours and have access to an Internet connection, you can have Food Network, HGTV, ESPN and much more through your Roku, laptop, tablet, mobile phone and more.

The first step to getting your WatchTVEverywhere account is to register. You will need to go to www.watchtveverywhere.com and do the following:

  • Select Great Plains Communications from the list of TV providers in the drop down menu and click on Submit
  • Click on “Register”

You will need two pieces of information to register, your account number and the correct spelling of the last name on the account.

You will then be asked to:

  • Provide an email address. This will be your user name. This can be any valid email address.
  • Provide a password
  • Select a password reset question
  • Supply the answer to the password reset question
  • Click on Register
  • Check the email address you just provided. You will find an email message with your WatchTVEverywhere activation link. Click on the link to complete the registration process
  • You are done and can begin to enjoy your favorite channels!

If you have any questions over your Great Plains Communications cable service or accessing WatchTVEverywhere, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Summer Activities for Kids

Summer vacation is about half over, but with all that energy running around your house, it may seem like the school-year is nowhere in sight. To help keep those little hands and minds busy, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite summer activities provided by a few of our cable channels, the DIY Network, the Food Network and the Hallmark Channel.

Fun-Dough and More – DIY Network

This short video shows you how to make safe fun-dough with ingredients from right in your pantry. The fun doesn’t stop there, because they also share how to make edible finger paint that would work on wax paper or even some yummy sugar cookies.

 

Guy’s Kitchen Dos and Don’ts with Kids – Food Network

The kitchen is a great place to spend time as a family and teach children new skills. However, with sharp knives and other potentially dangerous utensils and appliances, there are certain tips to keep in mind to ensure everyone stays safe in the kitchen.

 

Tanya Memme’s DIY Reading Nook – Hallmark Channel

As she states in the video, it can sometimes be hard to pull kids away from the latest technology, let alone to get them to read a book. With this beautiful and cozy reading nook, you can make it personalized to your children and make it a place they will want to visit day after day.

 

Fourth of July Recipes 2016

Soon picnic baskets and coolers will be overflowing, colorful smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with red, white and blue. Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate the United States of America with family and friends through good food, fireworks and sunshine. With that in mind, Great Plains Communications has picked a few of our favorite recipes for the holiday weekend from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Orzo Salad

This is a great substitution for the traditional potato or macaroni salad. The herbs, tomatoes and lemon dressing keep this dish light, while not over powering your main protein.

 

Easy Georgia Peach Cobbler

If you need a quick dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, consider making Trisha Yearwood’s Easy Georgia Peach Cobbler. As she states in the video, you can use fresh peaches, but by using the can you get the sweetness from not only the peaches themselves but the juices as well.

 

Flag Cake

Looking for the perfect patriotic dessert to celebrate the holiday? Ina’s sponge cake is not only delicious with the vanilla cake and buttercream frosting playing off the tartness of the fresh berries, but it is sure to be the centerpiece of your table with the adorable flag design.

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish you all a very happy Fourth of July. Remember to store kid approved fireworks in a separate location from bigger adult fireworks, so that everyone can enjoy a safe and wonderful weekend.

2016 U.S. Olympics Swimming Trials in Omaha, NE

Learn how to properly do a backstroke from some of the best in the country.


Swimmers have already started to find their places on the blocks, all lining the CenturyLink Center pool in Omaha, NE. Each steps up, prepared to push themselves into a hopeful spot on the United States Olympic team. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials started June 26, 2016 and will go until July 3, 2016. As stated in the official event guide, you can expect the following from this year’s trials:

  • 1,800+ of the fastest swimmers in the USA
  • 200,000+ tickets purchased
  • 300 credentialed media from around the world
  • 100,000+ fans in the Aqua Zone
  • 8 days live on NBC & NBCSN with 16 hours of TV coverage
  • 700 coaches
  • 1,000 volunteers

If you are in the area, know that the excitement doesn’t stop when you leave the main arena. In the Aqua Zone, located in Exhibit Hall C, there is fun for the entire family. From surf riding, log rolling, virtual reality and more, the 100,000-square foot room will keep you busy for hours.

In case you can’t make it this way to watch live, NBC and NBC Sports News will be streaming and covering all the action. Click here to stream and find the full NBC schedule. If you would like to learn about higher Internet speeds for an even better streaming experience, call the Great Plains Communications Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to see what is available in your area.

Shark Week Starting June 26, 2016


It has come early this year, and you won’t want to miss a single minute of the excitement. Shark Week begins this Sunday, June 28 on Discovery Channel. Great Plains Communications has provided some shark trivia to bring to your watch parties, while also providing an activity sheet for the kids.

  1. What are the v-shaped scales that allow a shark to move swiftly through the water called?
    1. Denticles – A shark’s skin is covered by tough, v-shaped scales called “denticles.” Similar to tiny teeth, they create tiny vortices that reduce drag, making swimming more efficient.
  2. Of the roughly 50 shark attacks reported every year, what percentage is actually fatal?
    1. 10% – Dying from a shark attack is very rare simply because sharks don’t really want to eat humans. Most shark bites aren’t followed by a second bite.
  3. How many tons of meat does the average adult great white have to eat every year?
    1. 11 tons – To sustain their massive size, body heat and constant movement, great whites must eat an average of 11 tons of meat each year.

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Now that you have the knowledge, you are sure to impress your friends next week. And with Great Plains Communications cable service, you won’t miss a single show, from The Return of Monster Mako premiering Sunday, June 26 at 8 PM CT, to Sharksanity which premieres Saturday, July 2 at 8 PM CT. If you do not have cable service with us but would like to learn about what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2016 Summer Events!

Each summer, Great Plains Communications employees enjoy getting involved in the different communities around Nebraska through parades and events and we are excited for another season of fun. Chatty, the Great Plains Communications Squirrel will also be around this summer, available to take pictures, give high-fives and hand out goodies. Here is a list of our upcoming events:

  • Saturday, June 11th: Gateway to the West Days in Blair, NE
  • Saturday, June 25th: Pioneer Picnic Parade in Callaway, NE
  • Saturday, July 9th: Fur Trade Days in Chadron, NE
  • Thursday, July 21st: Thayer County Fair in Deshler, NE
  • Monday, July 25th: Custer County Bull Riding Classic in Broken Bow, NE
  • Saturday, August 6th: Street Car Days in Red Cloud, NE
  • Thursday, August 11th: Knox County Fair Bull-A-Rama in Bloomfield, NE
  • Friday and Saturday, August 19th & 20th: Chase County Fair in Imperial, NE
  • Saturday, August 27th: Friendly Festival in Rushville, NE

So, if you are in the area for any of these events keep an eye out for Chatty, the Great Plains Communications Squirrel and come give a high-five or a friendly hug. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on our Facebook page!