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Take WatchTVEverywhere With You This Summer

It is officially the first day of summer! While you are busy enjoying the beautiful weather, or taking trips with family, don’t think you have to miss out on your favorite shows. Catch them all on 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 view 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 a valid email address. This will be your user name.
  • 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 regarding your Great Plains Communications cable service or accessing WatchTVEverywhere, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Virtual Summer 2018

Stuck at work this summer? Dreaming of that beach vacation that won’t seem to plan itself? Great Plains Communications is taking a virtual summer trip and we are inviting you along. Enjoy our online promotion of FREE Installation on ANY (high-speed Internet, cable television, phone) new service through July 20, 2018.

Take a trip with us this summer and watch for a chance to win your own virtual reality headset through our social media sites later this month!

For more information on what services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and don’t forget to include the code “Virtual Summer” to receive FREE installation.

2018 College World Series Info

Opening day is finally within reach, as thousands of people prepare to enter TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE for the NCAA College World Series (CWS), which runs June 16 through June 26. Opening Ceremonies will be tomorrow night, with a parade of teams marching from Creighton University to the stadium at 8:30 PM, and Olympic style team introductions from 8:45 – 10:00 PM CT. From there, the action will start Saturday with Game 1 at 2 PM CT between Oregon State vs. North Carolina airing on ESPN. For a full event schedule, click here for the NCAA website.

Catch all the CWS excitement with Great Plains Communications cable TV service. If you currently aren’t a subscriber, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to find out what we offer in your area.

Pick your teams, fill out your brackets and let’s play ball!

Grilling for Father’s Day

It’s the week before Father’s Day and Great Plains Communications is looking to the grill and Food Network to celebrate dad. Maybe your family is planning to go camping or your dad loves spending the summer evenings out back with a beer and his barbecue. Whatever the case, we found some delicious recipes from breakfast to dessert, that the family can gather around to honor dad.

 

Grilled Breakfast – Get Up and Get Grilling

Fried eggs to French toast skewers, don’t think grilling is just for lunch and dinner. Take breakfast or brunch outdoors before it gets too hot and enjoy these morning “outside the cereal box” recipes.

 

Sweet and Spicy Chili-Lime Flank Steak

The balance in this rub will have your taste buds dancing. The smokiness of the cumin pairs beautifully with the sweet robust brown sugar and is balanced by the lime. Don’t forget to cut against the grain when slicing for a tender bite of steak.

 

Grilled Banana Split

Finish out the day by the grill or even fire pit and let everyone create their own grilled banana split masterpiece. The banana will become caramelized from the heat of the fire, melding with the chocolate chips and finish it off with your favorite ice cream, and of course sprinkles.

Throwback Thursday for Gateway to the West Days

Parade in Blair, NE - 1959

Parade in Blair, NE – 1959

In recognition of Gateway to the West Days in Blair, NE this weekend, Great Plains Communications (GPC) is doing a throwback to look back at the years we have spent in the Blair community.

GPC’s founder, E.C. Hunt purchased the Bell Telephone and Farmers Telephone in Blair and that was the final move to bring what we know as Great Plains Communications to the area. A modern telephone building was designed by Omaha architect Frederick S. Scott, and built in downtown Blair at 1638 Lincoln St.

While GPC has continued to expand, now providing high-speed Internet, cable TV, and phone service in over 90 communities across Nebraska through a 9,500-mile regional fiber network extending into Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. However, as large as the company has grown, it was formed in Blair and has remained in Blair.

Find information on all the Gateway to the West Days activities here.

High-Tech Camping Gadgets You Won’t Want to Forget to Pack

It’s officially camping season! No matter if you camp in a tent, air-conditioned mobile home, by a lake or deep in the woods, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite high-tech camping gadgets you won’t want to forget this summer.

 

CampStove 2

Turn fire into electricity with the upgraded award-winning BioLite CampStove2. Portable size with the capability to boil 1 L of water in under 5 minutes, generate 5V of power through a USB output to charge your devices, and burns on “renewable biomass” such as sticks and twigs.

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

There is nothing worse than forgetting or running out of water on a long hike. You could end up parched yet feeling taunted by nature as you walk by a stream or river. Using the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti, purify up to 8,000 liters to ensure safe drinking water.

PowerLight Bundle

A torch, flashlight, and lantern in one – the PowerLight Bundle can light a site up to 40 ft. It is also equipped with a powerful 4,400 mAh Li-Ion battery that can recharge from any USB source and also share power to any USB chargeable devices.

Oomph

Water is definitely a priority while roughing it in the woods, however coffee is often a close second for many. The Oomph is the ultimate coffee-to-go creating a pressure generated cup of jo in under 2 minutes.

FCC’s Brendan Carr visits the Midwest – Broadband and Smart Ag

Great Plains Communications was honored to join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr as he visited Fremont and the North Bend area yesterday as part of his Great Plains Tour. Visiting Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, Carr has traveled from Washington DC to view and discuss the need for broadband throughout rural America. “The trip will focus on rural broadband deployment, including the opportunities it creates in small agriculture, telehealth, job creation and workforce development,” the FCC stated in a media advisory.

Roxie Kracl, Owner of LA Fire Proof Door Co. in Fremont, NE

Roxie Kracl, Owner of LA Fire Proof Door Co. in Fremont, NE

Closing out the Nebraska leg of his trip, Great Plains Communications joined Carr in visiting with Mayor Scott Getzshman of Fremont, NE while also making stops at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and L.A. Fire Proof Door Co. to discuss broadband throughout the city and the effect it has had on the local economy.

After Fremont, we headed to Ruzicka Farms, a 115-year old family-owned North Bend, Nebraska business with Carr to look at how broadband deployment has allowed them to implement Smart Ag applications into their business. Elements of Smart Ag include on-field sensing technologies, data tracking, smart irrigation, tractor hardware and software, drone data capture, and various mobile applications which help decrease labor time and costs while increasing farm yield and profits.

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We would like to thank Ruzicka Farms and our Fremont customers and business partners who met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to discuss the benefits of broadband: Scott Getzschman, Fremont Mayor; Tara Lea, Executive Director, Fremont Chamber of Commerce; and Roxie Kracl, Owner, LA Fire Proof Door Co.

Last Chance for the Spring Promotion!

It is your last chance to take advantage of our spring promotion, as it is only valid through May 31! This is truly a deal you won’t want to miss. Let Great Plains Communications help you increase your speed and watch your bill drop. Read below for the multiple ways you can save this season:

  • Add or upgrade Internet and receive up to a $50 bill credit + FREE Installation
  • Sign up for Cable TV or Phone service and receive FREE Installation
  • Bundle your services to save up to 37% each month

As the need for speed continues to rise with multiplying devices in the home and bandwidth requirements from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, make sure you are keeping up with your family’s speed needs. If you aren’t sure what that might be, take our What Speed do you Need quiz here on our website.

The clock is ticking on this great deal! If you are interested in signing up or learning more about the promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Red Nose Day 2018

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

It’s Red Nose Day! Not sure what that is? You may have noticed red noses being sold at your local Walgreens store or maybe you saw a few celebrities sporting a big red nose in commercials. The nose is a simple yet powerful symbol representing the cause of the day, which is to fight childhood poverty. While the first Red Nose Day was back in 1988, it wasn’t brought to the United States until 2015. According to the Red Nose Day website, in that short amount of time the program has been active here in the U.S., they have raised $100 million and helped around 8.3 million children. This money goes toward programs that do three things, keep kids safe, healthy, and educated. Right here in America, 21% of children live in poverty. To find more information and to meet some of the faces of these children behind the statistics, visit the Red Nose Day website here.

NBC plays a large part in Red Nose Day through their star studded special hosted by Chris Hardwick tonight at 9 p.m. CT. Celebrities from music, comedy, film, and television will all unite to celebrate all the good that has been done and continue to raise even more money for children in need. Some of the familiar faces you can expect to see include: Jack Black, Kristen Bell, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Tony Hale, and many more.

Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Tips

We are in for a heatwave this Memorial Day weekend and what better way to celebrate than throwing some food on the grill and enjoying it with family and friends. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite grilling tips.

 

How to Set Up a Charcoal Grill Like a Pro

First things first, you have to get your grill set up. Not everybody has a gas grill, or maybe you will be out at a campsite and will be using the stationary charcoal grill provided. Don’t fret, we have you covered from what charcoal to choose and the easiest way to get the coals lit.

 

How to Grill Steak for Beginners

Steak can be expensive, so you may be a little nervous about messing it up on the grill or overcooking it. These tips will help you decide what kind of steak to buy, how to prep it, and much more.

 

How to Grill Salmon Steaks and Fillets

Maybe you are getting tired of grilling burgers and steaks. Salmon is a good alternative and lends well to the grill. Learn what cut of salmon, how to season, and how long you should cook it in the video below.

 

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