Congratulations to Our Q3 Customer Survey Winners!

Amy Fiedler of Bloomfield, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

Amy Fiedler of Bloomfield, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

Say congratulations to our quarterly survey winners, Amy Fiedler of Bloomfield, NE, Ashley Vontz of McCook, NE, and Joyce Bottorf of Petersburg, NE!

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 provides information to help strengthen our business as a whole.

Broadband Technician, Adam Simpson presents Ashley Vontz of McCook, NE with her $100 Visa gift card.

Broadband Technician, Adam Simpson presents Ashley Vontz of McCook, NE with her $100 Visa gift card.

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

Joyce Bottorf of Petersburg, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 Customer Survey.

Joyce Bottorf of Petersburg, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card for completing the Great Plains Communications Q3 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!

Supporting Local Veterans With Operation Homefront

In our previous social campaign, Great Plains Communications worked to raise awareness for the organization Operation Homefront by offering to donate $1 for every “like” we received on our Facebook post. Thanks to an abundance of support, we received 802 likes equaling $802. We want to thank everyone who liked and shared our post to further help us in our goal. To show our appreciation, Great Plains Communications would like to round out our donation to $1,000 to Operation Homefront. With a commitment from the organization, we have been notified that the full $1,000 will be used right here in our great state of Nebraska to help local veterans in need.

Some examples of ways donations are used:

  • Pay the electric bill of a military family
  • Help a warrior transition to civilian life
  • Help keep essential vehicle rolling
  • Pay for critical baby items
  • Help with rent and mortgage payments

Again we would like to thank everyone for their support in spreading awareness for our campaign, and we would like to give an even bigger thank you to the men and women who have and are currently serving our country.

2016 Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas

Through all the craziness and excitement of the holidays, it isn’t so much what you get for Christmas, as it is who you spend it with and cherishing the time you have together. That is why the Hallmark Channel encourages family time with each of their Countdown to Christmas movies. Grab a blanket and your loved ones and enjoy the classic romance stories beginning under the mistletoe and new premieres each weekend. Below we have listed the upcoming premieres for both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries so you won’t miss a moment this holiday season.

Hallmark Channel – All 7 PM CT

  • Dec. 3 – A Dream of Christmas
  • Dec. 4 – Looks Like Christmas
  • Dec. 10 – A Nutcracker Christmas
  • Dec. 11 – Love You Like Christmas
  • Dec. 17 – My Christmas Love
  • Dec. 18 – Sleigh Bells Ring

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – All 8 PM CT

  • Dec. 4 – Hearts of Christmas
  • Dec. 11 – Sound of Christmas
  • Dec. 18 – A Christmas to Remember
  • Dec. 25 – I’ll Be Home for Christmas

If you are not a current Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about our cable packages, please call the Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Tech the Halls Promotion 2016

 

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Looking for a new tablet this holiday? The kids begging for their own cell phones? Make sure all of your devices are working efficiently this season with high-speed Internet from Great Plains Communications. With each new device comes an increased need for greater bandwidth, and we have just what you need to support all of your new techy gadgets. Plus, when you add or upgrade to one of our qualifying speeds, you’ll unwrap additional free gifts!

 

Find the Gift That’s Right for You

Sign up now for any new Internet, cable, or phone service and receive FREE installation.

Sign up for 15, 30, or 50 mbps, and receive a FREE month of Internet service.

Existing customers who upgrade to our higher speeds will receive their first month of Internet upgrade charge FREE.

 

If you have any questions or are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and Tech the Halls with Great Plains Communications this season.

 

Speeds and availability vary by location. Certain restrictions and limitations apply. Free installation for any new service. Free month of Internet service available to new customers only who sign up for 15, 30, or 50 mbps. Existing customers must upgrade to 15, 30, or 50 mbps to receive a free month upgrade charge. Offer ends January 6, 2017. Offer codes CPC1609, CPC1610, CPC1611, CPC1612.

Thanksgiving Recipes 2016

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and your friends and family have asked you to bring a dish. They will have the turkey and pie prepared, but ask you to bring a side dish. Great Plains Communications wants to share a few of our favorite side dish and accompaniments from our cable channel, Food Network.

Cravenous Cranberry Sauce – Tyler Florence

With every great turkey comes a tart and sweet cranberry sauce to pair with the savory flavors of the meat. Don’t bother with the gelatinous canned stuff, and switch it out for fresh cranberries and the citrus surprise of orange.

Sausage Chestnut Stuffing – Giada De Laurentiis

Impress your family and friends with this elevated stuffing recipe. While still getting the cornbread flavor of the boxed stuffing we are all used to, by adding sweet apples, savory sausage and texture through the chunks of chestnut, this dish will leave everyone’s taste buds wanting more.

Sunny’s Creamed Spinach Recipe – Sunny Anderson

Looking for something a little different from the traditional green bean casserole but still love the creamy texture? Try this creamed spinach recipe, which incorporates salty parmesan and convenient frozen spinach with the classic crunchy topping of fried onions.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Great Plains Communications!

Starz Free Preview

Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Outlander, Spartacus, Ash vs Evil Dead, and other top rated movies and shows are what you can expect from Starz. Great Plains Communications is excited to offer a free preview over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for your family to enjoy! Starting November 23 and running through Sunday November 27, your family will be able to experience exciting new series such as Blunt Talking or a movie classic such as A League of Their Own.

Then if you enjoy having all those movies and original series at your fingertips, we have a deal for you! Sign up for Starz-Encore between November 21 and December 31 and you will be eligible to receive $25 cash back from Starz. All you have to do is send in three months of bills showing you’ve paid for the service and Starz will send the rebate directly to you.

What you get with Starz-Encore service:

Encore

Encore Western

Encore Action

Encore Love

Encore Suspense

Encore Drama

Encore Family

Starz

Starz Edge

Starz Cinema

Starz Comedy

Starz Family

Operation Homefront Social Campaign

This year, along with our Support Our Troops program, Great Plains Communications is doing a social campaign to help raise money and awareness for the organization, Operation Homefront. We not only want to thank the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country, but want to help where there is a constant need for assistance. Operation Homefront donates 92% of expenditures to building strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.

According to their website, in 2015 Operation Homefront placed 92 families in mortgage-free homes, gave $4.2 million in emergency assistance, provided 32,906 military children with holiday toys, and so much more.

We understand there is need all over the United States, including our state of Nebraska. So far in 2016, Operation Homefront has donated $2,290.58 towards auto payment and insurance, $4,995 for rent and mortgage, and other needs totaling $15,534.04 specifically provided to Nebraska military families.

By simply going to our Facebook page and liking our post shown in the graphic below, your like will be turned into a dollar that Great Plains Communications will donate to Operation Homefront at the end of the month (maximum donation $1,000). Help us help those who made the sacrifice for our country.

For more information on Operation Homefront, you can go to their website: www.operationhomefront.net.

Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing

Are you still marking your calendar with payment due dates, worrying about making sure you send it in on time? Great Plains Communications wants you to stop stressing over late fees and sign up for Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing.

  • Paperless Billing

Paperless Billing eliminates the hassle of waiting around for your bill to come. Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, you will be set up in our convenient and user-friendly online 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.

  • Auto-Pay

Take the stress out of bill paying by signing up for Auto-Pay. Your payment will automatically be made from your account, saving you checks and eliminating late fees. You can also have your bill automatically charged to your credit card.

To show our appreciation, when you sign up for these services, Great Plains Communications automatically enters you in our monthly drawing to win up to $200 in Visa gift cards! Take a minute now to sign up by either filling out the form on our website or calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Business Appreciation – Do Space

 

Great Plains Communications is proud to highlight another one of our business customers, Do Space in Omaha, NE.

What can you do at Do Space? You can enroll in a class to develop tech skills, work on a creative project using design software, prototype a product with a 3D printer, register a child in a robotics club, use a meeting room with high-end touchscreen technology, get assistance troubleshooting a new tablet and much more.

Empowering a Diverse Membership

Do Space is all about empowering the community through access to technology and innovative learning experiences. Located at 72nd and Dodge next to Crossroads Mall and near the University of Nebraska Omaha campus, Do Space is in the heart of Omaha. It’s also on the bus line to make it available to more people.

Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director at Do Space, says, “We currently have more than 34,000 members. Our memberships are free — similar to getting a library card — and are designed so everyone can get one. There are no residency requirements; you could be a visitor to Omaha and get a Do Space membership.”

Stavick adds, “I’m continually impressed by the diversity of our members. They’re of all different ages and backgrounds from all over the city. At Do Space, you’ll see little kids, seniors and every age in between. We offer learning opportunities for all levels of expertise, from a beginners class on the Internet to advanced programming.”

Tech Tools and Training

Members have access to a wide variety of popular and emerging tech tools as well as technology classes, workshops and events hosted at Do Space. Most services at Do Space are offered free of charge to members, but there is a nominal cost for printed materials.

Do Space is many things in one place:

  • A technology equalizer – giving people from all walks of life access to technology.
  • A technology enabler – empowering everyone with the tools and guidance needed to learn, create, explore and invent with technology.
  • A technology educator – creating a new path for technology literacy and understanding its potential while providing opportunities for advanced learning.
  • A technology innovator – changing the shape of technology education and actively playing a role in technology advancement and creation.

Members of Do Space can get their hands on exceptional hardware. There are more than 50 public access PCs and Macs, 60 laptops, 12 iPad Air and 80 Kindle Fire HD tablets. In addition, both a full-color scanner/copier/printer and a wide-format printer are available for printing even the most complex documents, and the 3D Lab has 3D printers, a 3D scanner and a laser cutter.

Software for business and home use is also at your fingertips at Do Space. Computers are loaded with current business productivity programs such as Microsoft Office along with various creative programs for audio, video and image editing. Other options include advanced design tools, accessibility software and specialized communications apps.

Gigabit Internet From Great Plains Communications

Keeping all this hardware and software running at peak performance is Great Plains Communications’ 1 Gigabit Internet service including Wi-Fi. This super-fast connection enables Do Space members to take technology to the next level. “Do Space is knocking down tech barriers like the slow, terrible Internet connections people may have at home. Some software needs advanced speed, and Do Space has it. We’re the only community organization that offers 1 Gigabit Internet for free in Omaha,” Stavick explains.

Stavick appreciates Great Plains Communications and the reliability of their Internet service, noting, “We don’t ever worry about our Internet going down or lagging in the afternoon during high-traffic periods. We can have hundreds of people online inside Do Space and it doesn’t impact our Internet performance. I’ve always found Great Plains Communications to be incredible with customer service and a great partner for Do Space.”

Time to Set The Clocks Back – Daylight Saving Time

It is a common misconception that daylight saving time was created in the aid of farmers, to allow an extra hour of sunlight to work their fields. As we turn our clocks back this Sunday, November 6, 2016, Great Plains Communications has teamed up with our cable channel, History Channel to bring you the real reason we “fall back” and “spring forward”.

The real reason we adjust our clocks twice a year is based on energy conservation and a attempt to match daylight hours to times when the majority of people are awake, dating back to 1895. According to the History Channel, “the first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I,” on April 30, 1916. In an effort to conserve electricity needed for war effort, Germany and Austria enforced a one-hour clock shift. The United States later adopted daylight saving in 1918.