Scam Alert in Broken Bow and Sutherland, NE Areas!

Recently Great Plains Communications has become aware of an ongoing scam in the Broken Bow and Sutherland areas. There have been reports of individuals going door-to-door selling what they claim to be Great Plains Communications services. The company would like to make it clear that these individuals are in no way associated with Great Plains Communications. If you ever encounter these individuals or other questionable door-to-door salesmen, do not hesitate to ask for their permit, which they are all legally required to have in these areas. If you ever feel you are in danger from an unknown person soliciting or trying to enter the property, call local law enforcement right away.

For your information moving forward, we have listed a few ways you can verify that you are working with a genuine Great Plains Communications technician:

  • There will be a company logo on their shirt.
  • All company trucks are marked with the logo.
  • They all have a Great Plains Communications identification card.
  • Techs will never sell directly. They are there to do installations or repairs.

Great Plains Communications wants all of our customers to feel safe, so please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 if you are ever in doubt or have questions about a situation.

Tribal Lifeline Awareness

Once again, Great Plains Communications is helping raise awareness about one of the Universal Service Funds’ varied programs to help provide affordable telecommunications services to Americans. This time it is the Tribal Lifeline Program, which provides discounted telephone services for those living on Tribal lands.

Those who live on Tribal lands are eligible to receive many additional benefits through the FCC’s Lifeline Program. According to the FCC website, eligible telephone subscribers on Tribal lands may receive basic local phone service for as little as $1 a month. Link-Up provides eligible consumers with a one-time initial hook-up discount of up to %50.

Eligible subscribers include those who have participated in:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • National School Lunch Programs Free Lunch Program
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start (those meeting income-qualifying standard)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Federal Housing Assistance
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

We know how important having a landline can be for the safety and convenience of your family, particularly in rural Nebraska. Further eligibility information about the Tribal Lifeline Program can be found at If you have any questions, we encourage you to call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 for more information.

Meet a Tech – Daryl & Alex Sharp

Daryl Sharp (middle) with his sons Jared (left) and Alex (right) Sharp

Daryl Sharp (middle) with his sons Jared (left) and Alex (right) Sharp

Daryl Sharp has been with Great Plains Communications as a Broadband Technician for just shy of 20 years. He was raised on a farm in Enders, NE, 8 miles south of Imperial, NE and enjoys the support and kindness a rural community offers. “It is an experience that is hard to explain, other than I have much appreciation and thankfulness to be a part of and raise my family in the same community I grew up in, ” Daryl said. With his son, Jared recently starting college in Mooresville, NC attending NASCAR Technical Institute, he enjoys being able to work closely with his other son, Alex Sharp who has been with Great Plains Communications for a little over three years. Though Alex works in the community of McCook, NE, he and his wife only live 60 miles from Imperial, so Daryl is fortunate to see him at least once a week.
“When Alex showed interest in telecommunications, I was very much in support of his educational choice, ” Daryl said. “I was happy after he graduated college that he accepted a position at Great Plains Communications to pursue his career, as knowing the history of how they take care of their employees. I wouldn’t want anything less for him.”
Alex wasn’t always sure he wanted to pursue telecommunications but said, “Heading into college, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do yet. So during my 3 summers of college, I got the job to intern for Great Plains Communications in Imperial.” From there he changed his major to Information Technology at UNK and upon graduating, got the job in McCook as an Outside Plant Technician before becoming a Central Office Technician with Great Plains Communications.
Great Plains Communications prides itself on being a fourth-generation family owned business, but it is also families such as the Sharps that represent that quality throughout our communities. They are the faces customers see at their door for an install and in the stands next to them at the high school football game. As Daryl states, “I have seen numerous changes over the years in technology, but one thing that has never changed to me is the importance of true customer service.”

Last Days of the Full Stream Ahead Promotion!

There are only a couple days left to take advantage of the Great Plains Communications Full Stream Ahead promotion! Don’t miss your chance at receiving a FREE Roku® streaming device, FREE installation and a FREE month of Internet service when you sign up for either 15, 30 or 50 mbps Internet speeds. With each device: cell phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, etc., comes more and more need for higher Internet speeds in order to accommodate the tech-heavy world we live in.

If you currently have Internet service with Great Plains Communications, you can still take advantage of this amazing offer. Upgrade your internet to 15, 30, or 50 mbps and receive a FREE Roku® streaming device, as well as the first month’s upgrade cost FREE.

Sign-up now by calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, before the promotion ends on October 15, 2016!

This Day in History – October 11

October 11, 1968 marks the date of the first successful mission of the United States’ Apollo program to carry a crew into space. Not only was the launch a technical success from the Florida Cape Kennedy Air Force Station, but the crew was able to transmit the first live television broadcast from space. Great Plains Communications would like to highlight our cable channel, History Channel, and their “This Day in History” for additional events that happened on October 11.

If you are not a current Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out more information about what is offered in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.


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Do Not Call Registry

Still receiving those annoying dinner-time phone calls? Kids being woken up each night by the phone ringing? That’s because legally, telemarketers are allowed to call until 9 p.m. each day. Now, you can register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry and get rid of that unwanted stress.

The National Do Not Call Registry provides the opportunity to block telemarketing calls at home. Registering your phone number will stop most telemarketing calls, but will not stop calls from certain non-profit and political organizations. Organizations with which you have established a business relationship will also be allowed.

You can register your residential and wireless phone numbers. To do so, either register over the telephone or by Internet at no cost to you. When registering on the Internet, you may register up to three numbers at one time. If registering via telephone, you can only register one number at a time and must call from the number you are looking to register. Your phone number will appear on the Do Not Call list the following day. However, telemarketers have up to 31 days to remove the number from their calling lists. A telephone number will only be removed from the registry when it is disconnected, reassigned, or if you choose to remove it.

To register or to remove a number from the Do Not Call Registry, call 1.888.382.1222, for TTY call 1.866.290.4236 or register on the Internet at

Stream & Chill Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway winners Paige and Rick Schweitzer of Arnold, NE with their son Uriah

Great Plains Communications would like to congratulate our winner of the Stream & Chill Giveaway, Paige Schweitzer of Arnold, NE!

She has won a Roku® 3 streaming device, Cuisinart Popcorn Maker (kernels included), and 2 family meals (4-person) delivered to her home by Blue Apron. Not having any kind of streaming device, Paige is excited to share the Roku® 3 with her husband Rick, son Uriah, and their growing family as they are expecting their second child on December 1st of this year.

“We have never used Blue Apron and are looking forward to the convenience of having meals delivered to our door,” Paige stated. “It will be so nice to be able to not have to think about what I’m going to make for supper. Sometimes that’s the hard part.”

The social giveaway was in accompaniment to the current Back-to-School promotion, Full Stream Ahead, going on until October 15, 2016. If you sign up for either 15, 30 or 50 mbps Internet speeds, you will receive a FREE Roku® streaming device, FREE Installation and a FREE month of Internet Service!

If you currently have Internet service with Great Plains Communications, you can still take advantage of this amazing offer. Upgrade your internet to 15, 30, or 50 mbps and receive a FREE Roku® streaming device as well as the first month’s upgrade cost FREE. To find out more information on what these higher speeds can do for your family, as well as some FAQ’s about Roku®, go to our website at

Again, we want to congratulate our Stream & Chill Giveaway winner, Paige Schweitzer and her family! We hope they enjoy dinner and a movie in on us.

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.

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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.” 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



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 or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to sign up today!