Tech Home – Keep Your Technology Secure

Living in a world of technology has made it easy for us to stay connected. We have friends, businesses and online information all at our fingertips. Our lives have become a constant stream of emails and newsfeeds connected between multiple devices. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure you understand just where those connections are going and make sure they are all protected, with a new service called Tech Home.

The program provides world-class security for all your devices, home and on the go, with web security and antivirus systems. Gone away is the worry of lost files when your device crashes or gets damaged. With Tech Home you will be able to sync and back up all your files, photos, contacts and additional important information. No matter where you are, or which Wi-Fi you connect to, Tech Home will have you covered with a cloud-based protection keeping your personal information secure and convenient.

With round-the-clock technicians, you will always be provided with help to setup, test, fix and enjoy your network. Up to four computers, laptops, phones or tablets are covered through Tech Home, with the low price of just $2.99 for an additional mobile device and $4.99 for an additional laptop.

With Tech Home, you’ll have the support you are looking for and the protection you need. For more information on the new product, call 1-855-853-1483 or visit our website at https://www.gpcom.com/residential/internet/techhome.


Where is your Bandwidth Going?

Complaints of slow or poor Internet service are becoming increasingly prevalent in our technology driven society. Files are taking too long to download, videos keep buffering and the refresh button just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on the disappearance of your bandwidth, and help you see where it could be going.

For starters, how does bandwidth work? Bandwidth measures how much information an Internet connection can move at a given time. That is why, when you have a large amount of bandwidth available, you will experience a smooth, responsive experience and the opposite follows suit.

Let’s say you are watching an HD video on Netflix, your 10 Mbps will be plenty. But if you are sharing a connection with your spouse and two children, with one watching YouTube videos and another streaming music while taking an online quiz about what Disney princess they would be, your 10 Mbps won’t get you very far.

When your wireless router splits the bandwidth between all the devices in your home, you may experience a slight lag in performance. Don’t jump to buying a new router, instead check to make sure you don’t have a bandwidth hog left running. Update files overnight. Look into upgrading to a speed that better fits the Internet habits and appetite of your family.

If you have any questions or would like to upgrade your services today, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to help you.


Don’t Forget to Bundle!


Stop waiting around for each of your bills, to start your monthly budget. Bundle with Great Plains Communications and experience the convenience of just one bill a month. Get High-Speed Internet, Cable Television and Local & Long Distance Telephone services while saving up to 40%. It’s as simple as choosing the combination of services that best fits your family’s needs and enjoying unity, choice and value with your new bundle. Our bundle plans offer you special, low-cost pricing and just a single monthly bill through one company.

One company means one relationship, one bill and one great value.

Find out what services are available in your area on our website and start bundling today. If you have any questions or would like to sign-up, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.


2015 Winter Premieres

Winter premieres have been in full swing since the New Year, with shows such as Togetherness, Galavant and Fresh off the Boat. Great Plains Communications has highlighted a few that will be starting this March and are worth keeping an eye out for.

Secrets and Lies

Starting March 1, 2015 on ABC, Secrets and Lies starts the story about the murder of a young boy and the mysteries of a suburban community where the boy lived and died. The show takes you through a complicated look at Ryan Phillippe’s Ben Crawford as he starts as the Good Samaritan but quickly becomes Juliette Lewis’ prime suspect.

The Last Man on Earth

Also starting March 1, 2015, The Last Man on Earth portrays FOX Network’s version of a post-apocalyptic comedy. The story follows Will Forte as he lives the life of pure freedom, freedom brought on by being the only person left on Earth. Growing out his beard, not wearing pants and roaming around in hopes of finding other humans, are just a few of Forte’s tasks to pass time.

American Crime

Premiering March 5, 2015 on ABC, American Crime takes a look at a brutal crime committed on a young couple and how it affects the community. Told by multiple points of view, the show builds on dramatic scenes and implied tensions.



Valentine’s Day Throwback Thursday

Who was St. Valentine? When did romance first become associated with the holiday? How many Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually? Great Plains Communications is teaming up with the History Channel to provide some answers on the questions of the holiday.

Valentine’s Day is about finding love in all the people in your life, which means your friends, children or coworkers. No matter how you spend the day, know that Great Plains Communications appreciates you as a customer and we want to celebrate you this Valentine’s Day.


Help us Celebrate Safer Internet Day 2015!

Safer Internet Day (SID) started as an initiative and has grown into a landmark event. Forming in Europe, the Insafe organization has grown above and beyond its original geographic zone and now celebrates in more than 100 countries worldwide, across all continents.

Striving to address an emerging online issue each year, Insafe has shed light on topics such as cyber-bullying and social networking. This year, SID 2015 focuses on “Let’s create a better Internet together”.

The idea is that no matter what language you speak or what country you call home, we all face issues brought forth by the Internet. As our children become emerged in the culture and effects of technology, cyber safety becomes increasingly important.

Last year, the Unites States SID Committee launched the, “One Good Thing Campaign” in hope of encouraging people of all ages to share one good thing they’ve seen or experienced to “make the Internet a better place or the world a better place with the help of the Internet and social media.” Great Plains Communications challenges you to take part in Safer Internet Day by posting One Good Thing or just talking to your children about Internet safety. The World Wide Web is just that, a connection between us all. Let’s create a better Internet together.


Help National Honor Society Students Shine on GPC-TV

As the school year is coming to a close, Great Plains Communications wants to take a moment to honor the academic achievements of the students in our community high schools. We understand the hard work and dedication these students have put forth in reaching their goals, as May approaches. To show our respect and honor, we will be featuring the students who have achieved membership into the National Honor Society on our local channel, GPC-TV. The acknowledgement will be in the form of a slideshow with student names, images and High School names.

If you have a special student in your life who has become part of NHS, fill out the information and upload a picture at www.gpcom.com/nhs by March 31st. From there, all you have to do is watch for your entry on GPC-TV and know we are just as proud of them.

We encourage you to inform your NHS students about our recognition slideshow, and spread the word to other proud parents.


Don’t Forget About Calling Features!

Most phones today come equipped with some form of voice mail and call waiting services. But Great Plains Communications doesn’t stop there. They offer a list of calling features available through their land line service, ranging from personal ring tones, to speed calling. We have highlighted just a few of the many options available:

Personal Ringing

Give up to three members of your family their own unique ring tones. One for mom, one for dad and one for the kids!

Call Forwarding

Know you are going to be on a trip? Forward all calls from your home phone to your cell phone so friends and family can reach you wherever you go.

Warm Line

This telephone line offers instant connection and protection. A warm line is a phone line that is set to dial one number simply my lifting the handset. It’s great for young kids who need a direct line to their parents or for the elderly in need of fast access to emergency services.

Want to see all the options provided by Great Plains Communications? Visit our calling features webpage now, or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to get set-up today.


The Tastes of Super Bowl Sunday

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, airing Sunday, February 1 at 5:30 PM CT on NBC, plans are being made. Will you be cheering on the Patriots or the Seahawks? What dish are you taking to the party? Do you have a safe plan to get home after the game? Great Plains Communications is teaming up with our Cable Channels, Food Network to share some of our favorite recipes for this Super Bowl Sunday.

For starters, we have the Square Minis. Every burger lover knows a good slider is nothing without the patty. In this video, Alton Brown demonstrates how to make a well-seasoned, quick cooking patty to accompany any custom toppings you’d like.

Next we have Trisha Yearwood and her Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese. With the craziness of preparing multiple dishes and entertaining guests, a slow cooker helps ease the stress while still preparing a dish that is sure to impress.

We are ending on a combination of two classic tailgating dishes with Rachael Ray’s Wingless Buffalo Chicken Pizza. She takes the tang and spice of hot wings with blue cheese, tones them down with some additional ingredients and puts it on a pizza. Not much can get better than that.

You can find additional Game Day recipes on Food Network’s website. If you have a special dish that is requested each year by your friends and family, let us know what it is in the comments below. Great Plains Communications wishes everyone a safe and yummy Super Bowl Sunday!


Succeed at Your Resolution with Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing!

Each year millions of Americans set out to better themselves in the New Year. Resolutions range from dieting, keeping an open mind toward others and giving up one thing or the other. One goal that has kept its place at the top of the list for many years is being more financially responsible. Great Plains Communications has just the features to make sure you stick to your resolution and succeed.

As a Great Plains Communications’ customer, you have access to eBill, an online platform that allows you to see and pay your current bill, track your long distance minutes and view your payment history. Auto-Pay, which is set-up with eBill, will allow you to schedule an automatic monthly deduction for your Great Plains Communications’ services. This will provide less clutter from the mail and the elimination of any late fees.

The eBill system also makes Paperless Billing a great option! You can save the paper on one more bill, while maintaining access to your information whenever and wherever you are. So, don’t wait around for your bill to come in the mail, hoping you have budgeted correctly. Take advantage of Great Plains Communications’ eBill and all the helpful features that come with it.

To sign-up today, go to our website, www.gpcom.com/autopay/ or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, and get started making your New Year’s resolution happen with ease.

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