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Fall Favorite Treats to Welcome the Season

With the current heatwave moving through, it is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of fall. Even still, Great Plains Communications is gearing up for all the excitement the fall season brings. We have looked to our cable channel, HGTV and found some quick snacks to share with friends and family as the weather cools.

3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Talk about easy, these three simple recipes take barely any effort and pack all the warm flavors of fan favorite – pumpkin spice.

 

Pumpkin Spice Sangria

This recipe combines two fall favorites, pumpkin spice and apple cider. Place the bowl in a hollowed pumpkin for a quick and natural décor.

 

Mini Apple Pie Pops

Pumpkin not your thing? Try these adorable apple pie pops for a flavor of fall in a convenient hand-held fashion.

 

Are you not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and interested in learning more about the services we offer in your area? Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Don’t Forget to Call Before Starting Those Fall Projects

As you have probably noticed, 80 degree days are being forced out by low 70s and even cooler evenings. Fall is approaching, with winter not too far behind. Have you installed that fence you’ve been meaning to get to all summer? Is that old tree in the backyard not going to make through another heavy snow filled winter? Great Plains Communications would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the Digger’s Hotline.

Keep in mind that the projects we are referring to are more than just planting some tomatoes or putting in some new bushes around the fence. If you are planning to dig more than 6 inches into the ground, you should start off by calling 811.

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city. These pipes and wires can run underneath streets, businesses, parks and your home. 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!

Business Appreciation – Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Great Plains Communications is proud to highlight another one of our business customers, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Antelope County, NE.

This national treasure called Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park got its start about 12 million years ago. At that time, a volcano in southwest Idaho spread a blanket of ash over many miles, and one or two feet of this powder covered the flat savannah-like grasslands in northeastern Nebraska. Within several weeks, animals gathered around a waterhole in the area died, and their bodies were covered by ash. This preserved their skeletons for today’s paleontologists to study and the public to see.

Travel Back in Time

Visitors have access to interpretive displays and the fossil preparation laboratory and can ask the paleontologists there about their work. The park also includes the Hubbard Rhino Barn, where new fossil discoveries continue to be unearthed. Fossil evidence at the site reveals complete, articulated skeletons of large mammals, birds and turtles, as well as seeds of grasses and trees.

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is in Antelope County, four miles east and six miles north of the village of Orchard. Due to its remote location far from a population center, getting adequate communications services has been a challenge.

A Need for More Bandwidth

Superintendent Rick Otto notes, “The satellite Internet service we’ve been using is limited in speed, and its lag time disrupts any interactive transmissions we’re trying to host. In addition, many of our callers have complained about the poor audio quality of the current phone system. Clearly, changes needed to be made since the local provider was simply not able to provide the level of technology we require.”

To develop a solution to these challenges, Great Plains Communications has been in discussion for several years with the State of Nebraska on a fiber project to bring more bandwidth to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. The installation is scheduled for completion in August 2017. Funding of the fiber optic cable was made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

What is Otto expecting after Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park becomes a customer of Great Plains Communications? He replies, “I expect to see a night-and-day difference between our new fiber Internet service compared to our current satellite service. I am also looking forward to having significantly better audio quality during our phone calls. What’s more, I appreciate how friendly and informative the team from Great Plains Communications has been during the planning process.”

Virtual Field Trips

The vastly improved speed of fiber Internet from Great Plains Communications will be especially beneficial. Otto explains, “We’re open seven months a year and get about 20,000 visitors annually. The park is operated entirely with funds generated by admissions fees and gift shop sales; we receive no tax dollars. After Great Plains Communications finishes the installation of fiber Internet service here, we’ll have the speed we need to offer virtual field trips to classrooms all over the world.”

He adds, “These virtual field trips will be a win-win addition to our educational services. Schools will benefit by being able to give students the feel of visiting Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park without the time and expense of travel. And the park will benefit by bringing in the additional revenues generated by the fees for virtual field trips.”

Great Plains Communications is honored to help enhance the capabilities of Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. It’s one example of our longstanding commitment to Nebraska.

New Services and Great Deals

The school year is in full swing and our back-to-school promotion is just about over. Don’t miss out on not only bundling your services and saving 37%, but right now you could also receive up to a $100 Bill Credit!

Great Plains Communications is excited to celebrate the launch of NEW services and NEW options in your area, along with NEW tools on our website.

 

NEW Bundle Offer

Combine services and save up to 37%

$100 Bill Credit for new customers who bundle all three services*

$50 Bill Credit for new customers who bundle two services

$50 Bill Credit for existing customers who add one or more service

FREE Installation

 

NEW Bundle

Streaming Bundle**
Access your favorite prime time entertainment and news in real-time with our Basic Cable package, while streaming additional content on your Smart TV or tablet utilizing a high-speed Internet connection.

 

NEW Tools

Visit our newly updated, forward thinking website, complete with interactive tools to help you determine the best service options for your home with the “What Speed Do You Need?” and “Build a Bundle” tools.

 

If you have questions over what services we offer in your area, or would like to sign up, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

* $100 BILL CREDIT ONLY AVAILABLE WHERE VOICE, CABLE TV, AND INTERNET ARE AVAILABLE.
** STREAMING BUNDLE AVAILABLE IN SELECT CABLE TV COMMUNITIES ONLY.

Labor Day Weekend and the Start to Cornhusker Football

Not only are we approaching a long weekend with a sunny forecast, but it is the start to the Nebraska Cornhusker football season! Saturday, September 2 marks the first game as we take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home in Memorial Stadium at 7 PM. The game will be aired on BTN. With an evening game, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, HGTV for some tailgating tips.

After the game, you will still have two full days of weekend bliss to enjoy. What better way to revel in the nice weather and welcome the fall season, than to craft a wreath for your front door or as a gift. Below we have included a few beautiful designs we found from HGTV.

 

Giant Star Wreath

 

Floral Hula Hoop Wreath

 

Recycled Denim Wreath

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Newest 2017 Survey Winners!

Help us in congratulating our newest quarterly survey winners, Lorna Eliason of Chadron, NE, Dottie Babcock of Creighton, NE, and Melvin Ludlam of Red Cloud, NE!

Lorna Eliason of Chadron, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technician, Jason Collins.

Lorna Eliason of Chadron, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technician, Jason Collins.

The survey provides feedback on how customers feel about Great Plains Communications products and services. 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.

Dottie Babcock of Creighton, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technician, Andy Jueden.

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 our participating customers. As you can see in the pictures, our winners, Lorna, Dottie, and Melvin received $100 gift cards.

Melvin Ludlam of Red Cloud, NE receives his $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technician, Travis Madron.

We always want to hear unbiased feedback, so it doesn’t matter how someone rates us, it just matters that they complete the survey. So be on the lookout for your chance to win a great prize!

Fall 2017 Show Premieres

It is that time again, when we introduce ourselves to new friends, enemies, and even galaxies. Fall show premieres are kicking off and Great Plains Communications has picked some we think you won’t want to miss.

The Orville – September 10 on FOX

As an homage to Star Trek, Seth MacFarlane takes us on a journey through a sci-fi dramedy aboard an exploratory interstellar vessel called Orville.

 

The Deuce – September 10 on HBO

We step back in time with The Deuce, to the porn industry of New York City in the late 1970s and are welcomed by some familiar chart topping faces.

 

The Brave – September 25 on NBC

The Brave is a tense war drama, highlighting an elite group of undercover Special Ops troops as they carry out a complicated rescue mission.

 

Young Sheldon – September 25 on CBS

We have watched as fan favorite The Big Bang Theory climbed to the top of the most watched list and Jim Parson’s character Sheldon has been right there with it. Young Sheldon looks back at where Sheldon Cooper began.

 

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

Looking Back at Past Eclipses

Did you know that scientists believe they have evidence of a total solar eclipse dated as far back as November 30, 3340 B.C.? According to our cable channel, History, “A series of circular and spiral-shaped petroglyphs at the Loughcrew Megalithic Monument in County Meath, Ireland, are believed to correspond to a total solar eclipse visible in the region on that date.”

Since then, documents around the world have recorded findings of a solar eclipse, from the Shu Ching (an ancient Chinese book of documents), to ancient Greek historian, Herodotus. In 585 B.C., Herodotus recorded that the total solar eclipse, “brought about an unexpected ceasefire between two warring nations, the Lydians and the Medes, who had been fighting for control of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) for five years.” Find more about historic eclipses here on the History channel’s website.

Just as these were recorded, the eclipse on August 21, 2017 will go down in history. Please be sure to view the natural phenomenon safely. If you question the authenticity of your solar glasses, check out our blog for a checklist given by NASA.

Solar Eclipse Safety Tips from NASA

The total solar eclipse is less than a week away. By this time, people have picked out their camping spots and are quickly making sure they have enough solar glasses to go around. Great Plains Communications is excited that we in Nebraska will have a prime view, but also want to caution viewers about some solar eclipse safety reminders.

While it is common sense not to stare at the sun on a normal day, this is the same advice given for a partially eclipsed sun. However, with the special protection of the solar filters in something like solar glasses or solar binoculars, you and your loved ones can safely view the sun. Be sure to keep your glasses on throughout the entire eclipse transition, as even just a sliver of the sun can damage vision to a naked eye.

Want to make sure your glasses meet NASA’s safety criteria? Below we have listed the checklist provided on NASA’s website.

  • Have certified information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
  • Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product
  • Should NOT be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
  • Do NOT use homemade filters
  • Ordinary sunglasses – even very dark ones – should NOT be used as a replacement for eclipse viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers

While this is a very exciting event, we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys this rare and beautiful natural phenomenon.

New School Year and New Service Options

What used to be a time of burying noses into books and handouts has turned into hours online; reading, researching, and working through digital activities. High-speed Internet is no longer a luxury in education, but a necessity to succeed. We understands how essential a fast connection is and would like to make sure you are getting the speeds you need as the kids head back to school.

Great Plains Communications is excited to celebrate the launch of NEW services and NEW options in your area, along with NEW tools on our website.

 

NEW Bundle Offer

Combine services and save up to 37%

$100 Bill Credit for new customers who bundle all three services*

$50 Bill Credit for new customers who bundle two services

$50 Bill Credit for existing customers who add one or more service

FREE Installation

 

NEW Bundle

Streaming Bundle**
Access your favorite prime time entertainment and news in real-time with our Basic Cable package, while streaming additional content on your Smart TV or tablet utilizing a high-speed Internet connection.

 

NEW Tools

Visit our newly updated, forward thinking website, complete with interactive tools to help you determine the best service options for your home with the “What Speed Do You Need?” and “Build a Bundle” tools.

 

If you have questions over what services we offer in your area, or would like to sign up, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

* $100 bill credit only available where Voice, Cable TV, and Internet are available.
** Streaming Bundle available in select Cable TV communities only.

 

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