Keep Watch for Our 2016 Mother’s Day Photo Contest!

Great Plains Communications wants to recognize all the moms out there, by highlighting the impact they make on the world through their children. Maybe she was a teacher of baking or a tour guide on the family trip to the beach. Mothers make the world fun, fascinating, delicious, exciting and smart. Through every lesson, game and kiss goodnight, mothers make the world beautiful. We want to give back to the mothers this Mother’s Day, providing a little pampering that they deserve.

If you are a mother, all you have to do is upload a picture of a time when you made an impact on your child’s life. It could have been a family vacation, helping them learn something new, or even just goofing around the house. With your submission and a short caption, you will be entered to win one of two beautiful Luxury Spa Baskets.

Luxury Spa Basket includes vanilla scented body lotion, bath gel, body scrub, body butter, bath salts, hand soap, a cotton towel, body scrubbers, a pair of slippers, sweet butter cookies and caramels. All worth approximately $90 each.

Be sure to watch our Facebook page on Monday, May 2, when the contest officially begins to view full instructions on entering and uploading your photos.

Happy Administrative Professional’s Day 2016

Left: Missy Wiemer, Lisa Andersen, Jacque Wilkins Not Pictured: Nina Stewart, Jonna Branz

Tomorrow, April 27, 2016 is Administrative Professional’s Day and Great Plains Communications would like to give a well-deserved “Thank you” to all of our Administrative Professionals. They are the glue that holds our company together, invaluable members of our team and we appreciate all that they do for us each and every day. Behind every successful team, there is an efficient Administrative Professional. We would like to say thank you to Missy Wiemer, Lisa Andersen, Jacque Wilkins, Nina Stewart and Jonna Branz.

Earth Day – April 22, 2016

Technology is continuing to become more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, from making coffee in the morning, to when we turn off our lights at night. However, people are also starting to “Go Green”, by looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. Great Plains Communications has a few tips on how you can be more energy efficient in your home this Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

 

  1.  Be sure to turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

This could mean unplugging your phone charger when not charging a device, turning off your porch light when not in use and unplugging your toaster when you’ve finished making breakfast. Each of these might be a small act, but eliminating multiple devices has the power of being very effective in the quest for energy conservation.

  1.  Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LED bulbs.

By making the switch, you could reduce your home’s energy use by around a third, to as much as 80%.

  1.  Wash clothes in cold water.

According to Consumer Reports, your clothes will come out just as clean using cold water as they would using hot. Even your whites will end up cleaner than ever with cold water. Not only will you end up with a pile of freshly washed clothes, but you could end up saving an extreme amount of energy. In fact, 90% of energy you consume when running your washing machine is produced just from heating up the water for hot or warm loads.

 

These are just a few ways to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly bills and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to go green this Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to know how you plan to do so. Let us know what eco-friendly activities you have planned for tomorrow in the comments below.

 

Call Before You Dig this Spring

Have you started opening up the windows yet? Are you just itching to get outside and start your spring projects? Before your shovel hits the dirt, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the Digger’s Hotline and calling before you dig.

Keep in mind that the projects we are referring to are more than just planting some tomatoes or putting in some new flowers along the walkway. If you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. These projects could be the install of a new fence, putting in an underground pool or planting a new tree.

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city. Pipes and wires can run underneath streets, businesses, parks and your home without your knowledge. While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, Cable and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some wires may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.

In addition to the 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit, at http://www.ne1call.com/. There you can find information on digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and even registration for a Damage Prevention Class.

Remember that it is your duty to call before starting a project, and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable. Protect yourself and your neighbors and call 811 first!

 

FREE HBO Preview Weekend – Parental Controls

As you probably saw earlier this week, Great Plains Communications announced that we are providing a FREE HBO Package Preview Weekend April 22-25, 2016. While the content on the channels are chart topping shows/movies such as Game of Thrones and Jurassic World, we also understand that some things may not be suitable for younger members of the household.

That’s why Great Plains Communications provides parental controls with our cable services. This is an easy way to make sure that kids aren’t exposed to mature programming, or even the titles. When a program or channel is blocked, the user must enter a 4-digit pin to access the channel. That way, you can still enjoy all programming, but securely.

 

These controls are set up right through your remote and are very easy to configure. Blocks can be set by channel, rating, or even specific show titles. The control is in your hands.

Here are the steps to setting up parental controls:

  • Press the Menu key on your remote
  • Select the Home Icon
  • Select Setup
  • Then select Locks Setup
    • Once you are in the Locks Setup screen, you will be asked to choose a 4-digit pin.
    • Once your pin has been selected, you will be given the following options:
      • TV Rating – Blocking by TV Rating. *Note that you must block every rating you wish to control. This means if you block an R rating, you will also need to block “adult” programming.
      • Movie Rating – This only affects movie channels such as STARZ, Cinemax, and HBO.
      • Channel Locks – This will allow you to block specific channels.
      • Master Lock – Allows you to remove locks, bypass a lock, or change your pin.
      • Adult Titles – This removes titles from adult video programs. The guide will only display the words “adult movie.”

 

Just a few steps ensures your family’s safe viewing habits. We do want to point out that your pin is exclusive to you and we do not keep a record of your entry. If you do forget your pin, we can reset your settings, but you would have to reprogram your preferences. We suggest keeping your number in a safe spot so that you don’t forget it.

If you have any additional questions about the parental controls, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

 

FREE HBO Package Preview Weekend – April 22 – 25, 2016

Are you hooked on the record setting show, Game of Thrones? With past seasons’ premieres and finales alike drawing in over 7 million viewers each, there is much anticipation for the April 24, 2016 premiere of Season 6. We are excited to announce that Great Plains Communications customers won’t have to miss a moment of the action, no matter what cable package you have with us, as we are providing a FREE HBO Package Preview Weekend April 22 – 25, 2016.

That means, not only will you get to enjoy fan favorite shows such as Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, but with the HBO Package, you will have access to movies like Jurassic World, Happy Feet, Pitch Perfect 2 and much more. So start buying popcorn now, because it will be a weekend full of cinematic entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

If you aren’t currently a cable customer of Great Plains Communications and would like to learn more about our services, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Throwback Thursday – John Wayne Receives Best Actor Oscar in 1970

In recognition of Throwback Thursday, Great Plains Communications wants to remember the legendary John Wayne. As on this day in 1970, he received his one and only Best Actor Oscar for his starring role in Henry Hathaway’s Western True Grit.

The History Channel’s This Day in History highlights the actor stating, “Wayne appeared in some 150 movies over the course of his long and storied career. He established his tough, rugged, uniquely American screen persona most vividly in the many acclaimed films he made for the directors John Ford and Howard Hawks.”

Wayne later battled cancer, first lungs and later stomach, which ultimately took his life at the age of 72 on June 11, 1979. Though on this day, back in 1970, he received his only Best Actor Oscar at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards, Wayne was known to be “one of Hollywood’s most enduring performers” and gave outstanding performances in films such as Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers and The Shootist.

The 2016 INCOMPAS Show

Great Plains Communications is excited to be exhibiting at the 2016 INCOMPAS Show (previously COMPTEL PLUS) next week, April 10-13 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. According to the INCOMPAS Show website, attendees can expect a “streamlined event designed to facilitate meaningful exchanges that lead to business deals and pipeline building.”

Below we have listed a few of the sessions that will be taking place at the conference:

 

The Benefits of Competition for the Customer

Robert T. Hale, JR., Founder, CEO and President of Granite

Cloud, loT, and the Emerging GRC Challenges

Sponsored by Juvo Technologies

The Evolving Privacy and Cybersecurity Landscape

 

For more information on the 2016 INCOMPAS Show, go to their website at http://show.incompas.org/. If you find yourself in the area, or plan to represent your own company in Washington, D.C. next week, be sure to stop by booth #413 and say “hi” to Great Plains Communications. We’re excited to see you there!

March Madness and MLB Weekend

It is going to be a weekend packed full of sports. For starters, the Final Four of the NCAA March Madness starts Saturday at 5:09 PM CT on TBS with the Villanova Wildcats taking on the Oklahoma Sooners. Then at 7:49 PM CT, the Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels face off on TBS. How is your bracket holding up? The championship game will be held April 4 with more information to come.

If it’s baseball season you have been waiting for, wait no longer. Sunday, April 3 marks the first day of the Major League Baseball’s Regular Season. Great Plains Communications has listed the Sunday schedule below.

Cardinals vs. Pirates    12:05 PM CT – ESPN   PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Blue Jays vs. Rays   3:05 PM CT – ESPN2   Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

Mets vs. Royals   7:37 PM CT – ESPN   Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO

Sign Up for Starz and Encore to Receive $25 Rebate!

Great Plains Communications is thrilled to be teaming up with Starz to bring you a very exciting deal. Customers who sign up for Starz and Encore between March 21 and April 30 can qualify for a $25 rebate. To sign up, all you need to do is fill out the rebate form and send in 3 months’ worth of bills showing payment of service.

Stop missing out on movies such as Avengers Age of Ultron, Inside Out and Fury. Starz also has original series you don’t want to miss, such as Outlander and Black Sails.

If you have questions or would like to know more about what Starz and Encore have to offer, check out our website https://www.gpcom.com/starz or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-583-1483.