Don’t Forget This When Preparing for Winter

Winter storm Jupiter spread a dangerous amount of ice across the Midwest the past few days and left many without power. Living in this area means beautiful seasons, but with them comes severe weather. While most people have a list of winter essentials, a landline telephone is often overlooked. You’re probably thinking, “Well I have a cell phone, why would I need a landline?” We don’t blame you. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. What happens if your power is out for multiple days and your family has drained all the backup battery packs for your cell phones?

Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on just a few of the advantages to having a landline telephone this winter.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connections designed to continue working during a power outage
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potential faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Remember, if the power isn’t working in your home, your cordless phones have a limited lifespan. Keep your family safe this season and make sure you have a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection no matter what Old Man Winter throws our way. For more information on how you can get landline telephone service through Great Plains Communications, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would love to get you set up today.

2017 Winter Show Premieres

As the temperatures and snow continue to fall this winter, cable television is gearing up some big winter show premieres to enjoy from the warmth of your couch. Great Plains Communications has picked a few of our favorites full of action, depth and intriguing story lines. We have included the trailers below for your viewing pleasure.


24: Legacy – FOX Premiering Sunday, Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl; moving to Mondays at 8/7c on Feb. 6


APB – FOX Premiering Monday, Feb. 6 at 9/8c


Emerald City – NBC Premiered January 6 at 9/8c


Big Little Lies – HBO Premiering Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9/8c


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

Don’t Miss Our Scholarship Deadline!

As the kids head into the second semester of school, the thought of graduation planning quickly becomes a reality. Continuing on after high school will bring new experiences, exciting information and also expenses. No matter if it is a big university or a two year program at a tech school, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering scholarships.

The February 1, 2017 application deadline is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on this financial opportunity. You can find more information and a full listing of our scholarships on our web page or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadline will be here before you know it, so be sure to get your application in soon.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications and are currently in school, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how it made a difference in the comment section on our Facebook page.

Last Chance for the Tech the Halls Promotion!

The holidays are over, but there are still a couple more days until the end of the Great Plains Communications Tech the Halls promotion. Did you get a new laptop for Christmas? Did the kids each get their own smart phone? With each device comes more need for higher bandwidth. If you sign up for our Tech the Halls promotion, you will receive the following FREE gifts:

  • Sign up 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.

Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, to sign-up today!  You can also visit our website at to learn more about the promotion.

Get Fit in 2017 with the Nebraska 150 Challenge

It’s 2017 and for many that means New Year’s Resolutions. If you are one that’s trying to get fit for the New Year, find support in our great state of Nebraska. This March, Nebraska is celebrating 150 years of statehood and as part of this milestone, the Nebraska Sports Council, in partnership with the Celebrating Statehood Board and Staff, have launched a year-long web-based wellness challenge called NE 150 Challenge.

The NE 150 Challenge is free for individuals and offers motivation for achieving and tracking physical activity minutes, such as walking, running, and biking. This challenge presents a great opportunity for our state to rally around wellness.

To start tracking your activities, you must first register for an account. To register and find more information on the NE 150 Challenge, go to

New Year’s Eve Recipes with Food Network

The year 2016 is coming to an end. As January 1, 2017 approaches, we reflect on where the past year has taken us and where we want to go in the year to come. Great Plains Communications has picked some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network to help bring in the New Year.


Tortellini Skewers – Ree Drummond

This make-ahead dish is simple yet delicious. The tomato and mozzarella cheese pair nicely with the spinach tortellini and the pesto sauce pulls everything together for a light bite.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops – Giada De Laurentiis

This dish combines the fruitiness of sun dried tomatoes with the saltiness of prosciutto to accompany the delicate flavor of sea scallops. As Giada says in the video clip below, they are elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for just yourself.

How to Open a Champagne Bottle – Ted Allen

Always nervous to open the bottle of Champagne? With these tips from Ted Allen, you will be sure to have it chilled to the correct temperature to lower the pressure and keep control of the cork.


Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful New Year!

Our Top Picks for Santa Trackers

It is just about that time, for the big man in red to load up his sleigh. The reindeer will be anxious to be on their way. With the help of technology, you can track his route with a Santa Tracker. Great Plains Communications has included some of our favorite websites to help your family track him together on Christmas Eve.

Official NORAD Santa Tracker

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a “United States Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America”. Their NORAD Tracks Santa® (NTS) program has been around since 1955. Enjoy not only watching as Santa makes his way around the world, but also fun games, music and movies on their website:


Google Santa Tracker

Another great Santa Tracker for the whole family to enjoy is the Google Santa Tracker. It again has much more than just his route through the sky, but also learning games and activities for the kids to enjoy all through December.


Looking for something other than just tracking?

You can have your children check if they are on the naughty or nice list by answering a few questions here:

You could also create a free personalized video from Santa to your child here:

Holiday Storage and Clean-Up Ideas with the DIY Network

The holidays bring decorations, visiting family and friends and tons of delicious foods. While it is truly a magical time to spend with loved ones, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite cleaning tips and holiday décor storage tips from our cable channel, DIY Network to keep in mind and help take the stress out of holiday prep and cleanup.

With an array of dishes being prepared that can leave stains on your wood cutting board and an odd smell in the fridge, all you need to fix both of these issues naturally is a couple lemons. Watch below to find out how:

When the last minute wrapping is finished, and all the guests have left, it can be a pain to find storage for all the holiday decorations. Make it easy for next year, and use a coat hanger to keep your lights from tangling. Watch this video to learn how:

Need a last minute appetizer idea? What about five appetizers from one block of cheddar? Watch the video below to find out how:

Microsoft® Error Update

Last week, you may have received the error, “Invalid IP Configuration”. It was brought to our attention that a large number of Microsoft® 8 and 10 users were receiving this message when attempting to connect to the Internet. Great Plains Communications would like to shed some light on the Microsoft error and share steps they have advised to fix it.

This past Friday, Microsoft released an update that has appeared to fix the error for most users. However, please take notice that if you disabled your Windows® Updates from applying on their own, you will need to go in and manually accept the update. If you are still experiencing issues, the following steps have been provided.

Recommended Steps from Microsoft:

  1. Go to Start
  2. Click the Power button and choose Restart (not Shut Down)
  3. Once the Internet is restored, run Windows Updates

If you have ensured that all Windows Updates have been applied, you have tried restarting your computer and you are still experiencing issues connecting to the Internet, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.


Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Tech the Halls Social Giveaway

As part of our Tech the Halls promotion, Great Plains Communications is excited to give away an extra gift this holiday season. For a chance to qualify to win a 32 GB Apple iPad Mini 2 with Wi-Fi, all you have to do is like our Facebook page, like the giveaway post, and comment what your favorite Christmas movie is. Whether it is a classic like White Christmas, something animated such as The Polar Express, or even a TV movie such as Runaway Sleigh on the Hallmark Channel, we want to hear from you.


If you are looking for even more good deals this holiday, 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.

Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, today to sign up for these amazing offers and Tech the Halls with Great Plains Communications.


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.