Huskers Throwback Thursday

It was November 27, 1890 and Nebraska state university had just defeated a team representing the Omaha YMCA. With a 35-minute first half and 43-minute second half, Nebraska’s football tradition began. As our team prepares for their game against Illinois this Saturday, Great Plains Communications would like to do a throwback to where it all started.

With their first official coach hired in 1893, it wasn’t until 1891 that Nebraska played a team from outside the state. We took a loss of 22-0 to Iowa. It was our first victory to an out-of-state opponent that brings us to our throwback, as we found a win against Illinois at Lincoln in 1892, scoring 6-0.

Picture provided by HuskerMax.com http://www.huskermax.com/games/1892/01illinois92.html

Picture provided by HuskerMax.com http://www.huskermax.com/games/1892/01illinois92.html

The two teams will once again meet in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, and as the game has adapted and grown since 1891, so has Husker Nation. You can watch all the action this Saturday, October 1 at 2:30PM CT on ESPN2. GO BIG RED!

 

Babcock, By Mike. “History of Nebraska Football.” Huskers.com. NU Athletic Communications, 04 June 2015. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.

Fall 2016 is Finally Here!

It’s the first day of fall! Soon the leaves will be falling and we will be switching from short sleeves to jackets. Make room on the table, because Great Plains Communications has found some favorite fall meals from our cable channel, Food Network and we want to share them with you.

Beef Bourguignon – Ina Garten

Beef, bacon, and wine; all delicious and all key ingredients to Ina’s beef bourguignon. She simplifies a traditional French recipe into a one-pot-meal your family will love. Be sure to keep children back when burning off the cognac; it’s dinner and a show.

 

Perfect Potato Soup – Ree Drummond

Ready in under an hour, this potato soup isn’t only delish the first day, but freezes to enjoy when a busy schedule hasn’t left time for cooking. The smokiness of the bacon compliments the heaviness of the cream and potatoes perfectly which will warm you up on any cold fall evening.

 

Roasted Acorn Squash with Mushrooms, Peppers and Goat Cheese – Guy Fieri

Fall vegetables will soon be in season, which means this roasted acorn squash will be a delicious and cheap accompaniment to your family meal. Goat cheese adds creaminess, with mushrooms adding an earthy flavor to a fall classic.

 

Baked Apples – Alton Brown

Letting the true apple flavor shine, this dessert is super simple, but at the same time extremely yummy. Throw the apples in the oven while your family is enjoying dinner and they will be ready by the time the plates are clean.

Stream & Chill Giveaway

Back-to-School time is busy for all families, with new activities and schedules to adapt to, earlier bedtimes, and attempting to weave in family time when possible. Great Plains Communications is excited to offer our Stream & Chill Giveaway as an opportunity to provide one lucky winner with the makings of a family movie night on us. Forget reservations and the high prices of a movie theater. On October 3, we will choose one winner who will receive the following:

1 Roku® 3

1 Cuisinart Popcorn Popper (with kernels included)

2 Family-sized meals (4 person) delivered to your home by Blue Apron

 

HOW TO ENTER:

All you have to do is simply like the Great Plains Communications Facebook page and comment on the giveaway post, which two shows your family currently enjoys most. This could include regular cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. We want to hear from you!

 

Streaming is a convenient way to access not only your favorite shows and movies, but also workout programs, games, even family pictures and videos all at the click of your Roku® remote. Check out our Back-to-School promotion, where we are offering FREE Installation, FREE Roku® streaming device, and a FREE month of Internet service to all new customers who sign up for our 15, 30, or 50 mbps Internet speeds.

If you currently have Internet service and would like to take advantage of this offer, you can! Upgrade your Internet to 15, 30, or 50 mbps and you can receive the Roku device as well as the first month’s upgrade cost both for FREE!

For more information on our Back-to-School promotion, you can visit https://www.gpcom.com/roku or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to sign up today!

Roku® Education Continued

As the Great Plains Communications Back-to-School promotion is still available: FREE Roku® streaming device with each purchase or upgrade of 15, 30, or 50 mbps Internet Speeds, we want to continue our education on different features Roku® has to offer.

In our last Roku® education blog, we discussed the basics of how to set up an account and what types of programs you can experience on the streaming devices. Now we would like to show a couple specific features, such as how to search for shows, actors, directors, etc. as well as how to set up the Roku® mobile app, turning your phone or tablet into an additional remote.

 

 

There are numerous possibilities and features to the Roku® devices, so if you are interested in finding out more on our Back-to-School promotion call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2016 Fall Show Premieres

The first day of fall is quickly approaching, and that means more than just pumpkin spiced everything and cooler weather. It means fall show premieres, with some of our favorites starting up again and new stories to develop. Great Plains Communications has picked a few of our favorite new shows starting in the coming weeks and have provided the trailers below.

 

The Good Place (NBC) – September 19, 9:00 PM CT

 

This is US (NBC) – September 20, 9:00 PM CT

 

Pitch (FOX) – September 22, 8:00 PM CT

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Broadband expansion benefits for Nebraska’s Agriculture Industry – A Roundtable Discussion

Sen Deb Fischer of Nebraska held a roundtable on rural broadband access at the Nebraska State Fair Monday, August 30. (Image courtesy of Sen Fischer)

On Tuesday, August 30th, the Nebraska State Fair set the scene for Senator Deb Fischer as she gathered telecommunications and agricultural leaders and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, Mike O’Rielly to discuss the evident need for broadband expansion in rural Nebraska.

Senator Fischer began the discussion of broadband benefits on the Agriculture industry. Andy Jobman of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association explained the time and performance efficiency that would be gained through expanding broadband to rural areas, and the growing need illustrated through the daily increase in data usage at the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.

While all in attendance agreed that broadband could streamline and improve the Ag Industry, they are also aware that building broadband into under and unserved areas is quite costly and will require program funding assistance. “Nebraska is a sparse state, making population density a large factor in broadband distribution, Great Plains Communications Vice President of Strategic Policy, Ken Pfister stated. “It’s harder to extend coverage to rural areas because not as many customers live there, but we want to get it out to as many as possible.”

Senator Fischer said she thinks it will be beneficial for the whole state if different people and entities continue to work together on this issue.

“I think that’s a policy discussion and a decision has to be made on it,” Fischer said.

 

To read more about the roundtable event click below.

http://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news?ID=55F8D6F4-B772-499D-A22F-35D2F1DF4C88

 

To read more about the benefits of rural broadband expansion click below.

http://broadband.nebraska.gov/involve-your-community

Common Wireless Troublemakers and How to Get Around Them

According to Internet Live Stats, there were 286,942,362 unique Internet users in the United States so far for 2016. And that is only 8.4% of the World Internet Users. No longer do we ask the question, “Do you use the Internet?” But rather, “How many devices do you have?” The phone has gone from the wall to our pockets, connecting us to the World Wide Web as well as our tablets, desktop computers, and gaming devices.

With each of these devices come possible interruptions or Wireless Troublemakers that can deteriorate your wireless connection. Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on common wireless troublemakers that could be affecting your home connection.

 

Common Wireless Troublemakers:

  • Microwaves – When in use, microwave ovens emit signals that are on the same frequency that wireless devices communicate on. These signals will lessen or even completely knock out your wireless signal strength due to competing for the same space. Moving your wireless router away from your microwave should reduce the effects.

 

  • Baby monitors – As with microwaves, baby monitors use the same frequency that many wireless devices do, and they can overlap your communication between your devices and the router. Moving these devices away from your wireless router or any wireless devices should reduce the interference.

 

  • Wireless telephones – Cordless landline telephones also operate within the same bandwidth that wireless devices do. Keeping the bases and the handsets for these phones away from your wireless devices should reduce their effect on your internet usage.

 

  • Walls, doors, and other large objects – Wireless signals from your wireless router are not powerful enough to make it through thick walls, heavy doors, concrete floors or ceilings. For best performance, you should try to put your wireless router in an area of your home that has the least surrounding walls or the least amount of structures between your device and the wireless router.

 

  • Distance from the AP to the end device – Wireless signal strength decreases the farther the wireless traffic needs to travel back to your wireless router. Instead of a corner or basement location, try placing your wireless router in a central location in your home to ensure no part of your house is too far away for the signal to travel.

 

 

Important Wi-Fi Terms to Get to Know

Access Point (AP): Equipment that connects wireless devices together, usually to the Internet. An example of an access point is your wireless router

SSID: Name of a wireless network, which is configured in the access point

2.4 GHz Frequency: Most commonly-used wireless frequency with excellent range; often “crowded” with wireless user traffic and “noisy” with interference from devices such as microwaves, baby monitors, and wireless phones; good for lower-bandwidth applications (e-mail, web browsing, etc.); has three non-overlapping channels (1, 6, and 11).

5 GHz Frequency: Most new APs and devices will now support this frequency. Good range and getting better; excellent bandwidth and getting better; has several non-overlapping channels (36, 40, 44, 48, 149, 153, 157, and 161).

 

The Importance of a Password-Protected Network

It is very important to keep wireless networks secure. Having an open wireless connection means anyone in the area can connect without a password or other credentials. Besides sharing service bandwidth, anything people do while connected through the service will look like it came from the owner of the open wireless network. All wireless connections, including those for guests, should have security configured.

Labor Day with the DIY Network

Labor Day weekend is just about here. Many people travel over the long weekend, but if you are one that hopes to tidy up or get some last minute projects done before the cold weather hits, Great Plains Communications has some tips for you. We have picked out a few of our favorite videos from our cable channel, DIY Network for you to keep in mind.

 

How to Make a T-Shirt Bag

If you are looking for a small project that you could do in the comfort of your living room, this t-shirt bag is for you. Maybe you college kids just headed off to school and left behind some shirts that didn’t make the cut. Watch how you could turn that outgrown shirt into a stylish grocery bag.

 

Stress-Free Picnic Hacks

So maybe you decided not to go on a long trip this weekend, but you want to enjoy the beautiful weather with your family in the park. These picnic hacks will help you stay organized and make it about family time rather than clean up time.

 

How to Build a Copper Pipe Table

Looking for a little bigger project to keep you busy this weekend? This copper pipe table is stylish and only takes a few tools to assemble.

 

Happy Labor Day from Great Plains Communications!

Congratulations to our Newest Survey Winners!

Say congratulations to our quarterly survey winners, Jerry Hall of McCook, NE, Raelynn Nuno of Chadron, NE, and Mark and JoAnn Pritchard of Spalding, NE!

Broadband Technician, Dillon Fries presents Jerry Hall of McCook, NE with his $100 Visa gift card.

The survey provides feedback on how customers feel about Great Plains Communications products and services, as well as how our products benefit the lives of our customers. This information is helpful to track how technology is advancing the communities we serve and giving us insight on how we can strengthen our business as a whole.

Raelynn Nuno of Chadron, NE, receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q2 Customer Survey.

We are always eager to get better insights from our customers and we know having as many responses as possible helps with this goal. At the same time, we understand that our survey takes time, so we created our coinciding drawing to thank you for participating. As you can see in the pictures, our winners, Jerry, Raelynn, Mark and JoAnn received $100 gift cards.

Mark and JoAnn Pritchard of Spalding, NE receive their $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q2 Customer Survey.

We always want to hear unbiased feedback, so it doesn’t matter how someone rates us, it just matters that they complete the survey. Every customer will be reached within a calendar year, so be on the lookout for your chance to win a great prize!

Roku® Education

Great Plains Communications is excited about our Back-to-School promotion, as we are giving away a FREE Roku® streaming device with each purchase or upgrade of our 15, 30, or 50 mbps Internet speeds. With this gift, we want to share some of the awesome features the Roku® streaming devices have to offer.

Your Roku® player is simply a small device that connects to your home wireless network (or wired Ethernet, depending on your setup preference). It allows you to stream music, movies, and shows from the Internet to your TV. It is free to set up your Roku® account, though they will ask for a credit card number to have on file for a convenient purchasing option when needed. Do you have a Netflix account? How about a Hulu account? Have you signed up for HBO GO? With a Roku® streaming device, you can have all your accounts loaded in through their separate channels, and aligned side-by-side for a seamless streaming experience. Or, you can browse the Channel Store and install another of your favorite programs.

A fun new feature that both the Roku® 3 and Streaming Stick® offer is the Hotel & Dorm Connect for travel and/or college students. Watch the video below for more information.

There are numerous possibilities and features to the Roku® devices, so watch for additional education here on our blog. For immediate information, check out https://support.roku.com/hc/en-us.