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Keeping Your Family Connected

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Tribal Lifeline Awareness

Once again, Great Plains Communications is helping raise awareness about one of the Universal Service Funds’ varied programs to help provide affordable telecommunications services to Americans. This time it is the Tribal Lifeline Program, which provides discounted telephone services for those living on Tribal lands.

Those who live on Tribal lands are eligible to receive many additional benefits through the FCC’s Lifeline Program. According to the FCC website, eligible telephone subscribers on Tribal lands may receive basic local phone service for as little as $1 a month. Link-Up provides eligible consumers with a one-time initial hook-up discount of up to %50.

Eligible subscribers include those who have participated in:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start (those meeting income-qualifying standard)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Federal Housing Assistance

We know how important having a landline can be for the safety and convenience of your family, particularly in rural Nebraska. Further eligibility information about the Tribal Lifeline Program can be found at If you have any questions, we encourage you to call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 for more information.

Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing Reminder

Are you still marking your calendar with payment due dates, worrying about making sure you send your check 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.



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 going to and following the steps below or by calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

  • Once registered, select Maintain Services, then select Stop Paper Billing
  • Select Recurring Payment for Auto-Pay details
  • Upon completion, click Submit
  • You will receive an email confirming your preferences

2017 Guide to Halloween TV Specials

Horror fans are welcoming the season as Halloween approaches. October is for picking apples and the perfect pumpkin, crafting a costume and watching the classics. From Hocus Pocus to Carrie, Great Plains Communications has put together a list of some of our favorite scary movie marathons, Halloween specials, and more you won’t want to miss throughout the month.

13 Nights of Halloween – Freeform

Starting October 19, the network celebrates the holiday by counting down with movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Hocus Pocus, and even an all-day Tim Burton marathon on October 23.

AMC FearFest – AMC

Running from October 21-31, FearFest will include the horror you have been missing with movies such as all the Halloween movies, Carrie, as well as more recent thrillers like Annabelle.

Classic Horror – TCM

The Turner Classic Movies has dedicated specific days of the week to different Halloween themes. Today would fall under Classic Horror Tuesdays with iconic films from the 1930s – 1960s, such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. Are you a Dracula fan? You will want to check out Dracula Sundays as they celebrate one of the most memorable movie monsters.

The Sandman

Saturday October 14, at 8 PM on SyFy

Watch as a young girl imagines the monster from her nightmares into existence.

The Watcher in the Woods

Saturday October 21, at 7 PM on Lifetime

Enjoy this remake of the original cult classic starring Angelica Huston.


Friday, October 20 on Netflix

Based on the Stephen King novel, it is a story of Wilfred James, who has admitted to killing his wife with his son at their Nebraska home and now fears she is haunting him. Watch the trailer below.


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


National Do Not Call Registry

Still receiving those annoying dinner-time phone calls? Kids being woken up each night by the phone ringing? That’s because legally, telemarketers are allowed to call until 9 p.m. each day. Now, you can register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry and get rid of that unwanted stress.

The National Do Not Call Registry provides the opportunity to block telemarketing calls at home. Registering your phone number will stop most telemarketing calls, but will not stop calls from certain non-profit and political organizations. Organizations with which you have established a business relationship will also be allowed.

You can register your residential and wireless phone numbers. To do so, either register over the telephone or by Internet at no cost to you. When registering on the Internet, you may register up to three numbers at one time. If registering via telephone, you can only register one number at a time and must call from the number you are looking to register. Your phone number will appear on the Do Not Call list the following day. However, telemarketers have up to 31 days to remove the number from their calling lists. A telephone number will only be removed from the registry when it is disconnected, reassigned, or if you choose to remove it.

To register or to remove a number from the Do Not Call Registry, call 1.888.382.1222, for TTY call 1.866.290.4236 or register on the Internet at

Internet Search Tips

Not sure of the capital of Portugal? Can’t remember who played Chunk in The Goonies? What’s the weather going to be like Friday night? Google it.

The internet is full of more information than we could imagine or even retain. While this is an exciting fact, it can also make for long tiresome searches as you wade through pages of results. Great Plains Communications has a few tips to help streamline your search.

  1. To help with a more specific search, try using the AROUND feature. It allows you to find articles with two key words not only on the same page, but inside a specific number of words apart. For example, if you wanted to search for articles on Selena Gomez and lipstick within 8 words of each other, it would look like the following:

“Selena Gomez” AROUND(8) “Lipstick”

  1. Instead of including an additional topic in your search, maybe you want to find results excluding a topic. For that you would use the minus sign. For example, if you wanted to search for washers and dryers but didn’t want the stacked option, it would look like:

“washer and dryer -stacked”

  1. You have found an article you like, but it is long. Do a quick search of the article for a key word or phrase by pressing Control + F (Windows) or Command + F (Mac).
  2. You have been working hard and finally found the information you have been looking for, but you accidentally close the tab. In most modern browsers, just press Control + Shift + T (Windows) or Command + Shift + T (Mac) and it will come right back up.

Last Chance for Back-to-School Special!

Don’t miss our Back-to-School Special, as it comes to a close next week! Not only can you save money by bundling services, but right now you can 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.


New Channel to the Lineup – Olympic Channel

You may have noticed a change to your channel lineup, we have added the Olympic Channel! The channel offers year-round programming of Olympic sports from around the world, with a focus on American athletes and teams. Do you love when Olympics time rolls around? Well now you won’t have to wait to learn about your favorite team USA figure skaters or basketball players. To find where the Olympic Channel falls on your local channel guide, go HERE to our website and find your town in the drop-down menu.

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you. We hope that you will take some time to check-out our newest channel, the Olympic Channel!

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 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.

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