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Landline Phone – A Midwestern Winter Must-Have

As the holiday season begins, do you ever feel like you are constantly making lists? From grocery lists to guest lists and Christmas wish-lists. Great Plains Communications wants to remind you of one more list that you won’t want to forget and that is for winter safety. Temperatures may be moderate so far, but as any Midwesterner knows, winter is coming.

So, you have your batteries and extra blankets, but do you have a landline telephone? You may be wondering why you would need a landline, when all the members of your family have cell phones. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. But with cell phones come batteries that need power to recharge, which isn’t always available through a power outage brought on by extreme weather. Here are just a few advantages to having a landline telephone this winter:

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connection
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potentially faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Remember, if the power isn’t working in your home, most likely neither are your cordless phones. 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 throughout any storm headed our way. For more information on how you can get phone service with Great Plains Communications, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Nebraska Lifeline Program

Great Plains Communications is raising awareness on one of the Universal Service Funds’ varied programs to help provide affordable telecommunications services to Americans. We are looking at the Nebraska Lifeline Program or Lifeline Phone Bill Assistance.

The Lifeline Program ensures that low-income households have access to quality telephone service. It could be combined with Link Up and Toll Limitation Service. The Lifeline program reduces the price for monthly telephone charges for basic service and allows those with income constraints to enjoy the benefits of a telephone service.

 

Eligible subscribers include those who participate in:

Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Medicaid

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

Tribally Administered TANF

Head Start (income qualifying / residents of Tribal Lands only)

 

We know how important having a landline can be for safety and convenience of your family, particularly in rural Nebraska. For additional information on the Nebraska Lifeline Program, visit http://www.phone-bill-assistance.com/lifeline/NE. If you have any questions or would like to apply, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Our Top Scary Movies to Stream this Halloween

We are just a little over a week away from Halloween, which means there is still plenty of time for some spooky binge watching. Halloween streaming is ready to provide the jumps and thrills you are searching for with classics like Rosemary’s Baby to more current films such as Netflix original, Rattlesnake, debuting October 25. Great Plains Communications has highlighted a few we are excited for below, along with their trailers.

Netflix

Eli (2019)

When a young boy has a serious auto-immune disorder, his parents turn to a unique type of treatment in a sterile manor. But when the boy starts experiencing strange visions, the sinister truth of it all starts to come to light.

 

The Witch (2016)

Set in 1630, this “New England folktale” follows the unraveling of a devout Christian family after their newborn son is supposedly stolen by the witch haunting the woods next to their homestead.

 

Rattlesnake (October 25, 2019)

After her daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake, a mother turns to a stranger for help – unknowing the price. After finding her daughter is completely healed from the deadly bite, the mother is told she must now take a life before sunset or her daughter’s life will fall to the hands of this mysterious being.

 

Amazon Prime

It Comes at Night (2017)

In a desolate house in the woods, two families are forced to live in fear of an unnatural monster that soon they realize might be closer than beyond the red door.

 

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

When Rosemary Woodhouse becomes pregnant, it quickly becomes obvious to her that something is not right with the pregnancy. She believes she is pregnant with the devil’s baby and starts to question everyone in her life.

 

Sleepy Hollow (2009)

Ichabod Crane is sent to help the people of Sleepy Hollow by investigating the mysterious decapitations of three people. While the towns people warn him of the suggested culprit, The Headless Horseman, Crane is skeptical and endures a rather gory journey to the truth.

 

Hulu

The Babadook (2014)

What starts as a spooky story book frightening young Samuel, quickly manifests into a darkness single mother, Amelia can’t seem to save her family from.

 

The Birds (1963)

It all starts with a flirtation joke and two love birds from a pet store and ends in an entire town being terrorized by birds.

 

Wounds (2019)

One bartending shift and one bar fight quickly turn into something much more sinister following Will home through a cell phone seemingly forgotten by a group of college students. Are the gruesome pictures and texts a prank or is there more to it and what does it mean for Will and the ones he cares about?

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications Internet customer and would like to learn about the services and speeds we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Is your password leaving you at risk?

While you probably check the lock on the front door each night before bed, make sure your car alarm is set as you walk away and keep your wallet in a safe place – are you taking the same thought and energy into cyber security? Your passwords are the lock and key to information such as your social security number, bank account information, personal family photos and much more. By allowing yourself to lean on lazy passwords such as your favorite sports team or your dog’s name, not to mention using that password for multiple accounts, you are opening yourself up to a major security breach. Great Plains Communications has three tips to keep in mind to secure your personal information through better password practices.

 

Use a password manager.

We have a lot of passwords. It can be daunting to think of remembering at least 8 characters for 8 different accounts. Whatever you do, DON’T USE THE SAME PASSWORD. We are all guilty of committing a few password sins, but this has to be the worst of all. Your Facebook gets hacked and what do you think that person is going to do next? BINGO: check your bank account, credit card, etc. with that handy password they just gained access to. By using a password manager programs such as 1Password or LastPass, you can create strong and unique passwords for all of your accounts and lose the risk of forgetting them.

 

Use a passphrase.

We have entered the era of passphrases vs. passwords. Instead of throwing some numbers and symbols on the end of the month your first child was born, turn to random phrases to stay secure. By using a phrase, you add length and randomization. But don’t just string together a sentence about your life or a pop culture reference. Be creative! For example: “Plug Tricky Stapler.”

 

Add two-factor verification.

Unfortunately, sometimes a password or passphrase just isn’t enough. You may notice accounts on social networks, banks, and even Google offering an added layer of protection called two-factor verification. What this means is you will need to put in your password but also a one-time code that is sent to your phone or email, or through an app like Google Authenticator. What this can also do is notify you if someone else is attempting to enter a password into one of your accounts.

2019 Halloween Crafts with Kids

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes and candy, it’s a great time to get your kids involved in helping decorate for the season. Get their little hands busy in the kitchen, at the table or in the yard with these fun and spooky crafts from our cable channels, Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network.

How to Make a Haunted Gingerbread House – Food Network

Gingerbread houses aren’t just for Christmas! If you are having a Halloween kids party, this could be a fun activity to keep them busy. Rather than candy canes, look for candy corn. The kids will have so much fun showing off their creations.

Spooky Peanut Butter Cookies – Food Network

Similar to the classic peanut butter blossom cookies, swap out the chocolate kiss for some malted chocolate balls and a few lines of melted semisweet chocolate, and you have adorable and yummy spider cookies.

How to Make a Rope Pumpkin – HGTV

While there isn’t a ton for the kids to help with, they can assist in gluing and watching this beautiful pumpkin take shape from something as ordinary as rope. Pick out a cute ribbon to go on top and this pumpkin will surely jazz up your front porch or fireplace mantel.

DIY Stick Spider Web – HGTV

Help find the right sized sticks and get them secured with the yarn, then let the kids get creative in creating their unique spider webs.

How to Make Halloween Mason Jar Mummies – DIY Network

Don’t think you have to just use mason jars, or that you must go buy some. Empty pasta jars would work or get creative with it. Just make sure they are glass so that the light can shine through. Then, wrap away and these little guys could make adorable party favors or just a fun and festive decoration.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Fall Landscaping and Calling Before You Dig

Temperatures have dropped and soon multicolored leaves will sprinkle the yards. If you are looking to do some fall cleanup before the cold embrace of winter, Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind you of the Digger’s Hotline and calling before you dig.

Keep in mind, this isn’t needed for planting chrysanthemums or other annual fall flowers along the front of the house. However, if you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811. These projects could include installing a new fence or digging up a dying tree or shrub.

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 below 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 buried as shallow as 6 in.

In addition to the 811-phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website you can visit at http://www.ne1call.com/.

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

Freeform’s ’31 Nights of Halloween’ Is Back!

It is officially October and you know what that means! 31 Nights of Halloween returns to Freeform to bring you Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family and much more. What used to be the 13 Nights of Halloween, grew into the 31 Nights of Halloween last year and is back by popular demand.

Below we have listed Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween 2019 evening schedule:

(All times in Central Time)

October 1

5:45 p.m. Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. Zombieland

October 2

4:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. ParaNorman

October 3

5:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

7:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

11:00 p.m. Edward Scissorhands

October 4

5:45 p.m. Addams Family Values

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 5

7:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

8:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere Goosebumps

10:30 p.m. Monster House

12:30 a.m. Scared Shrekless

October 6

7:15 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

9:20 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:30 p.m. 31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest

12:30 a.m. Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins

October 7

5:20 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:25 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984)

October 8

7:00 p.m. Iron Man

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

October 9

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

October 10

7:25 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

9:30 p.m. Disney Pixar’s Toy Story of TERROR!

11:00 p.m. Monster House

October 11

6:15 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

8:20 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 12

5:00 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream

7:40 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream 2

10:20 p.m. Freeform Premiere Scream 3

October 13

6:30 p.m. Disney’s Moana

9:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:10 p.m. The Corpse Bride

October 14

4:50 p.m. Mrs. Doubtfire

7:55 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

October 15

5:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

7:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

11:00 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 16

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

October 17

5:50 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

7:55 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

11:00 p.m. R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Nigh of Doom House

October 18

4:40 p.m. Scream 2

7:20 p.m. Scream 3

11:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

October 19

5:45 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:55 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984)

10:25 p.m. Ghostbusters II

October 20

6:45 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

8:50 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

10:55 p.m. Addams Family Values

October 21

5:25 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:30 p.m. Goosebumps

October 22

5:50 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

7:55 p.m. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

11:00 p.m. Monster House

October 23

7:00 p.m. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror-thon

11:00 p.m. Matilda

October 24

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 25

5:45 p.m. Hocus Pocus

7:55 p.m. Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

October 26

4:35 p.m. The Addams Family (1991)

6:40 p.m. Addams Family Values

October 27

8:10 p.m. Hocus Pocus

October 28

2:10 p.m. Scream

4:40 p.m. Scream 2

7:20 p.m. Scream 3

October 29

7:55 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

11:00 p.m. The Corpse Bride

October 30

5:45 p.m. Hotel Transylvania

7:50 p.m. Hocus Pocus

11:00 p.m. Scooby-Doo (2002)

October 31

ALL DAY Hocus Pocus Marathon

 

While this is just the evening schedule, you can find the full programming schedule at Freeform.com. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

It’s Officially Fall and We are Celebrating with Pumpkin Recipes!

Yesterday was the first day of fall and we are celebrating by looking to our cable channel, Food Network for our favorite pumpkin recipes. We have found both sweet and savory ideas your family and friends are sure to love this season.

3 Things to Make with Pumpkin Spice

The craze of pumpkin spice hasn’t faded at all, but rather grown into even more creative recipes. Here is how to make your own pumpkin spice and enjoy it in a few creative ways.

Pumpkin Hard Cider Cheese Dip

Pumpkin, apple cider and cheese are all comforting fall favorites, add them together and you get this delicious and flavorful dip for anything from bread to apple slices.

Ree’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

As the mornings get cooler, fill your kitchen with the warm smells and flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon with this fall spin a breakfast favorite.

No-Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This is for all of you pumpkin pie lovers, and don’t think they leave out the crust just because it’s ice cream! Taste the flaky bits mixed throughout the refreshingly cold pumpkin treat.

Pumpkin Keg with Bourbon-Apple Punch

Talk about a different kind of pumpkin carving, this will be an impressive centerpiece to any fall party! Just don’t forget to label the different pumpkin kegs if you choose to have alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

 

You can find recipes like these and much more on Food Network! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Have you signed up for SmartHub yet?

Have you signed up for SmartHub and Auto-Pay? As a Great Plains Communications customer, you have access to our account management system, SmartHub! It is a smart, fast, and convenient system that allows you to view and pay your bill, receive notifications, report service issues and contact us about services and promotions.

To access SmartHub, you can either log-on to https://gpcom.smarthub.coop or download the free app from the iOS or Android app store. This allows you to manage your account at home and on the go!

Once you are signed in to SmartHub, you can also sign up for Auto-Pay and do away with worrying about late or missed payments. To show our appreciation, we enter all customers participating in the Auto-Pay program into a monthly drawing for a $100 Visa gift card! If you have any questions about signing up for SmartHub or the Auto-Pay program, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2019 Back-to-School Social Giveaway Winner

Help us in congratulating Sheri Hink-Wagner of Imperial, NE on being our Back-to-School Social Giveaway winner! She shared that her favorite part of the season is, “getting the routine back. Plus picking out new school supplies. The return of jeans and sweater season is a plus too.” As our winner, she will receive a 16 GB Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet and a $100 Amazon gift card!

We want to thank everyone who entered our giveaway, and tell you there is still another way you can win this school year! Check out our Back-to-School promotion going on through September 27.

Sign up for new or upgraded Internet speeds and receive up to a $100 Amazon gift card!

Head back to school with high-speed Internet from Great Plains Communications! To find out more or to sign up for this promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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