What Team do You Watch For on the SEC Network?

Are you anxious for October 18, when 21 ranked team Texas A&M takes on 7 ranked team Alabama? Or maybe you will be watching the Kentucky and LSU game. Either way, the SEC Network brings you all the excitement of the Southeastern Conference.

The SEC Network launched in late September of this year and has been very popular ever since. With a TV Schedule lineup including SEC Now, The Paul Finebaum Show, and multiple team weekly press conferences, there is always something new to keep a lookout for. You can expect 24/7 SEC content, including 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball games, and many additional events from the SEC’s 21 annual sports.

Maybe the University of Florida is your Alma mater, or you have a child attending the University of Missouri, no matter the reason, Great Plains Communications is proud to provide you with the SEC Network and the connection to the Southeastern Conference. To see if SEC Network has been added to your channel lineup check out our handy channel guides. Let us know which SEC school is your team to watch.


Back by Popular Demand Support Our Troops Program!

More than 2 million military service members have been deployed since September 11, 2001, with many having served multiple tours thousands of miles from home. It is safe to say, everyone in the United States has a tie to someone in the military; if that is a cousin, a friend, a father, or a spouse. Great Plains Communications wants to thank you for the sacrifice made by our troops and their families.

By bringing back our Support Our Troops Program, we hope to help you send a little piece of home to your soldier serving overseas or stateside this holiday season. From November 1 through December 31, 2014, Great Plains Communications is offering free shipping to customers with loved ones in the Armed Forces.

We understand the stress of the holidays and we want to help. Below are the simple instructions to getting the goodie box to your loved one, on us.

  1. Get a 12 x 12 x 6 box from your local post office.
  2. Fill it with approved items and fill out registration, including your Great Plains Communications account number.
  3. Great Plains Communications will send you a pre-paid postage stamp for the standard rate on this specific box offered by the post office.
  4. Attach the stamp and your Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note to the outside of the box and take to your local post office.

With October half over, November 1st will be upon us faster than we think. Don’t forget to take advantage of this opportunity, and let us hold some of the weight from the holidays. For more information on our Support Our Troops Program, visit our website at http://www.gpctroops.com/.


What are Sun Spots and How are They Affecting Your Cable Television?

If you have ever sat outside and watched a lightning storm, you know that it is both a beautiful and terrifying experience. The power a thunderstorm emits in an abrupt flash stabbing through the air is definitely something to notice. Many people aren’t aware that the sun too has the ability to create a magnetic disturbance similar to lightning. When the energy from the sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sun spots. For around two weeks each fall and spring season, you might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss of the channel. Typically lasting 5 to 15 minutes, the sun spot activity should not cause any worry as it will pass.

So what exactly causes the disruption in your channels? As the satellites orbit, they eventually will align between the earth and sun. As a result of the mini-eclipse the satellite has formed, the sun’s rays overpower the transmission from the satellite. It is important to note that the effects brought on by sun spot activity is not a cable outage and there is really nothing Great Plains Communications, or any other cable provider, is able to do. The sun outages are often country-wide, and the only thing we can all do is wait for it to pass. Luckily, after 5 to 15 minutes of disruption, your program should, as before, air as normal.

If the problem has not subsided after 20 minutes, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and they will be sure to have our technicians look into the issue. For more information on sun spots and the current level of solar activity, visit NASA’s website at http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml.


Get Rid of Stress with the National 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 www.donotcall.gov.


The MLB Network is Pumped Up for the Postseason Playoffs!

With overwhelming tension in the air, it seemed as if all 40,502 people in Kauffman Stadium were getting more anxious with each extended inning in the Wildcard Series game between the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics. The bottom of the sixth inning left the A’s with a 7-3 lead, which they held until the eighth. Lorenzo Cain hit a single, Alcides Escobar scored; Billy Butler singled, Cain scored; Eric Hosmer scored; Jarrod Dyson scored; the Royals had brought it to a tied game at 7-7. The innings stretched on as both teams fought hard to score one run that would secure their spot in the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason Playoffs. Salvador Perez stepped up to bat in the 12th inning with two outs. It was a hard one-hopper that barely missed the glove of A’s third baseman, Josh Donaldson. The entire stadium was in an uproar as Royals’ rookie Christian Colon made the easy 90 ft. jog to home plate. Royals won 9-8 in the bottom of the 12th inning.

The Royals have officially joined the Postseason roster for the first time since 1985. Other teams who have joined include: the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and many others.

With the MLB Network, Great Plains Communications is able to provide you a perfect way to keep up with the crazy schedule and recaps of all of the games! Over the past two seasons, the MLB Network’s exclusive Division Series coverage has included both the most-viewed telecast and the highest-ever rated programming in the history of MLB Network. Keeping up with the tradition, they will again host two exclusive Division Series games this month. The first game will be on Saturday, October 4th and the second game on Monday, October 6th.

If the games are anything close to the one the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics had, we are in for a nail-biting Postseason. Share with us in the comments below, what team you are excited to see in this year’s Postseason Playoffs.


We Have New Winners in Our Auto-Pay Contest! Find Out How You Could be Next.

Congratulations to our newest Auto-Pay winners, Gerald and Sandy Patterson of Hayes Center, NE! They have won a $100 Visa Gift Card in our Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing Contest. Since starting the contest in August, 2012, we have given out over $3,000 in Visa Gift Cards to customers throughout Nebraska.

To be entered into the contest, it is as simple as signing up for Auto-Pay or Paperless Billing Services. If you already take advantage of these services, then you are already entered to win! The winner will receive $100 per service, for up to $200 in Visa Gift Cards.

Take the worry out of your day by signing up for Auto-Pay. Your bill will automatically be taken out of your account, saving you checks and eliminating the chance of any late fees. You can also have your bill automatically charged to your credit card.

Paperless Billing also helps reduce the stress of bill paying. You won’t receive a paper bill in the mail, but you will get set-up in our convenient and user-friendly eBill system. This system allows you to track your long distance minutes, see your billing history, and pay your bill online if you don’t use our Auto-Pay service.

Take a minute to congratulate Gerald and Sandy Patterson, our new Auto-Pay winners, in the comment section below!


BTN2Go Will Have You Good to GO BIG RED!

Imagine sitting in the passenger’s seat with five hours left before your road trip finally concludes. You remember the Huskers kick off in 30 minutes and instantly that mocking road in front of you makes you feel even worse. Your cell phone vibrates. It’s your friend texting you from the game. Seriously? But wait, you remember that the game is being aired on the Big Ten Network (BTN) and with the BTN, comes BTN2Go! By going to BTN2Go.com and entering your cable provider credentials, you are good to GO BIG RED!

BTN2Go is a way to take the Huskers with you wherever you go. It allows you access to everything the BTN has to offer through your computer, tablet, and mobile device. All of this is possible, because of Great Plains Communications’ partnership with WatchTVEverywhere, as they provide you the tools to give you all the awesome perks of BTN2Go. If there are two games airing on BTN, you will be able to choose which game you would like to watch and if one game goes into overtime, BTN2Go gives you the privilege of choosing to continue watching or switch to the starting game.

Another option available is the BTN Plus. While on BTN2Go, you might come across something with a small lock on it. This indicates that it is only offered to BTN Plus subscribers. Although it is not included in your BTN package, you can find more subscription information on BTN2Go.

This Saturday, the Huskers will be taking on the Fighting Illini of Illinois at 8:00 p.m. CT and you bet it will be aired on the BTN! So if you have a trip planned, or you just know you won’t be in front of your television, don’t you worry. Also, if you still haven’t signed up for WatchTVEverywere that’s okay, all you will need is the name and number on the account and to click here to get it done. With BTN2Go, you are always prepared and ready to GO BIG RED!


Bringing Your Community to You; Our New and Improved GPC-TV Website!

From your hometown to your television, and now to your computer; we are proud to announce our re-launch of the GPC-TV website! We are dedicated to keeping you connected with your community and our website is one more way to do just that. GPC-TV provides local high school sports, weather updates, the Husker Coaches Show, and more.

Watch your team’s big win all over again! GPC-TV is now airing high school sports action from across the state. No matter if the game is home or away, we will air it. Check out the schedule here to find out when your team is playing.

Keep updated on your local weather forecast! Heading into the colder months, Nebraska weather is sure to throw us a few surprises. We have you covered, with our Weather on Channel 2 providing around-the-clock coverage and up-to-date radar.

Be in-the-know on all Big Red news! Grab that mug of cocoa and cozy up on the couch, because GPC-TV is bringing you the Husker Coaches Show. Catch replays and get all the insight on your favorite Big Red teams straight from the coaches themselves.

Sports, weather, and you…GPC-TV is our way of bringing what you know and love about your community to your home. Now with a fresh new look, our GPC-TV website will help you find what you desire, with ease. To enhance your enjoyment even further, we need your help. What fun events are happening in your community? Let us know in the comments section below. We want to air what you want to watch.


Introducing FamilyNet/RuralTV

Great Plains Communications introduces you to another exciting new addition to your cable lineup. FamilyNet/RuralTV boasts a lineup sure to entertain all viewing ages. With classics such as The Marty Stuart Show, Hee Haw, and Beverly Hillbillies, it is sure to keep you laughing. Alongside your favorite sitcoms, your new channel will keep you informed with programs such as Nature Adventures and the Rural Evening News. FamilyNet/RuralTV brings you a classic taste of the past, while keeping you informed on the present.

You can discover where FamilyNet/RuralTV is on your channel lineup by checking out our handy channel guides.  Let us know what you think about our newest channel in the comments section below.


It’s Time To Make Your Life Easier!

Have you taken advantage of our Auto-Pay/Paperless Billing contest? If not, what are you waiting for?!?

Great Plains Communications holds a monthly contest that rewards customers for signing up for Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing. To date, we have awarded over a dozen customers with $100 Visa Gift Card for each of the two billing services they have signed up for. That means you can win up to $200 in Visa Gift Cards when your name is chosen!

Auto-Pay makes your life easier. When you sign-up for Auto-Pay, you will not have to worry about paying your bill on time again. You never have to remember your bill or write a check. Who doesn’t want to make their life simpler?

Paperless Billing also helps streamline your billing statements. You won’t receive a paper bill in the mail anymore. Instead, you will use the more robust eBill system. This system allows you to track your long distance minutes, see your billing history, and pay your bill online (if you don’t have Auto-Pay).

If you have already signed up for these services, then you are already entered into our contest. Click here to sign-up today.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page each month to see our latest winner. Good luck!

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