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Newest Survey Winners!

Help us in congratulating our newest quarterly survey winners, Jeremy Cleveland of Wisner, NE, Greg and Elaine Worthing of Venango, NE, and Elizabeth Elliott of Arnold, NE!

Jeremy Cleveland of Wisner, NE receives his $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technician, Layne Matthes.

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.

Greg and Elaine Worthing of Venango, NE receive their $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technician, Brandon Wood.

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, Jeremy, Greg and Elaine, and Elizabeth received $100 gift cards.

Elizabeth Elliott of Arnold, NE receives her $100 Visa gift card from Great Plains Communications Broadband Technicians, Josh Flint and Mitch Geiser.

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!

2017 Fourth of July Safety Tips

Soon picnic baskets and coolers will be overflowing, colorful smoke bombs will be used as bug repellent and family gatherings will be color-coded with the red, white and blue. Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate the United States of America with family and friends through good food, fireworks and sunshine. While there is much fun to be had, the holiday weekend comes with some risk of harm and Great Plains Communications has a few tips to keep in mind so that everyone can enjoy a happy and safe time.

 

Keep Child Use of Fireworks Supervised at All Times

Fireworks come in all shapes, sizes, and power levels. They also come with different degrees of injury potential. This is why adult fireworks are not safe when handled by children. One way to help supervise the situation is to keep child appropriate fireworks in a separate place from any that could cause them harm, and always have a supervising adult present when any kind of fireworks are nearby.

 

Use Alcohol Responsibly

Alcohol is often a factor in many Fourth of July festivities, and can be a dangerous combination with fireworks. Use cautiously and be sure to have a designated driver to bring partygoers home after the event ends.

 

Be Cautious of Food and Beverages Being Left Outdoors

Leaving food and some beverages in summer outdoor temperatures can cause food-borne illness. According to the U.S. FDA, you should never leave food out for more than one hour when temperatures reach above 90 F and no more than two hours for lower summer temperatures. Not only dairy and eggs can cause food poisoning, but any food has the potential to become contaminated.

 

Pet Safety

Pets often become scared from fireworks, which could result in them running away, having an accident indoors, or destroying property. Be sure to protect your pets by not taking them to firework displays, not leaving them in a car alone, and keeping them in a safe place indoors.

 

With these tips in mind, Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Fourth of July Recipes with Food Network

The holiday weekend is quickly approaching and what do you think of when you think of celebrating Fourth of July? Fireworks and grilling is what Great Plains Communications thinks of. We have found some of our favorite recipes from Food Network to help get your menu started.

 

Foil-Packed Grilled Chicken Wings

This recipe combines sweet and spicy with the brown sugar, chili powder, and chipotle powder. The foil packets make it easy to create portions for a party and no plates needed with the handy foil packets.

 

Party-Smart Grilling Tips

If you have a lot of people coming over and only one grill to get all the protein cooked, it can take a long time to get everything done and can lead to eating in shifts. Check out these time-saving grilling tips that you can take care of before your guests arrive.

 

Flag Cake

Looking for the perfect patriotic dessert to celebrate the holiday? Ina’s sponge cake is not only delicious with the vanilla cake and buttercream frosting playing off the tartness of the fresh berries, but it is sure to be the centerpiece of your table with the adorable flag design.

 

Watch for our blog on firework safety, Thursday, June 29.

2017 Summer Events

Each summer,  Great Plains Communications employees enjoy getting involved in the different communities around Nebraska through parades and events and we are excited for another season of fun. Be sure to watch for us, as we will be handing out free t-shirts along with other goodies in the events listed below:

 

Saturday, June 24: Pioneer Picnic Parade in Callaway, NE

Thursday, June 29: Elgin Local Celebration in Elgin, NE

Saturday, July 1: Crofton Q125 Parade in Crofton, NE

Saturday, July 8: Fur Trade Days in Chadron, NE

Thursday, July 19: Thayer County Fair in Deshler, NE

Monday, July 31: Custer County Bull Riding Classic in Broken Bow, NE

Saturday, August 5: Street Car Days in Red Cloud, NE

Sunday, August 6: Dodge County Fair in Dodge, NE

Thursday, August 10: Knox County Fair Bull-A-Rama in Bloomfield, NE

Saturday August 12: Old Settlers Day in Indianola, NE

Friday and Saturday, August 18 & 19: Chase County Fair in Imperial, NE

Saturday, August 26: Friendly Festival in Hay Springs, NE

Business Appreciation – Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Great Plains Communications is proud to highlight another one of our business customers, Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in Fremont, NE.

Their therapists help patients move better, and we did the same for their voice and data transmission.

After completing Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees at Creighton University, therapists Ross Tessendorf and Chris Demuth gained experience working in both hospital and private clinic settings. In 2006, they opened their own clinic, Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, in Fremont. A second location in Elkhorn was added in 2016.

 

Comprehensive Services

Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy offers comprehensive physical therapy services for a wide range of diagnoses, injuries and conditions. Its physical therapists help patients recover from surgeries and injuries, help athletes increase their strength and performance, and help those plagued by chronic pain to restore pain-free motion and activity.

With the two clinic locations, Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy serves patients from Dodge, Saunders, Washington and Douglas counties as well as the cities of Fremont, Arlington, North Bend, Hooper, Blair, Scribner, Schuyler, Wahoo, Cedar Bluffs, Elkhorn and Omaha.

 

Switching to Great Plains Communications

In addition to having a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, owner Ross Tessendorf is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  While he clearly is an expert on the movement of muscles and joints, Tessendorf leaves the mechanics of voice and data transmission to Great Plains Communications. Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy has been a Great Plains Communications customer for a year and a half and currently receives Internet and phone services at both the Elkhorn and Fremont locations.

“We were previously working with another communications provider, and the service was initially okay. Over time, how- ever, their service declined. When we experienced an outage, it was taking that provider two to three days to fix things; their technicians came from Lincoln and had to cover the entire state. Imagine not having phone or Internet services for that many days. We were basically closed,” Tessendorf notes.

He continues, “Chris Demuth and I decided to switch to Great Plains Communications in 2015 for a few reasons. I live in the Blair community, and my wife and I knew a couple of people who work for the company—Kelli Swanson, Strategic Account Manager; and Chris Wulf, OSP Fiber Design Engineer. When we heard Great Plains Communications was coming to Fremont, Kelli Swanson put a package of services together for us to review. It was an easy decision, since we were able to save money and get faster Internet speeds by going with Great Plains Communications.”

Great Plains Communications installed Internet and phone services at Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy’s Fremont location first, then added these services in two phases at the Elkhorn location. Swanson explains, “When the Elkhorn location opened, our company couldn’t provide Internet service in that area yet. So we installed phone service only. In February 2017, Great Plains Communications was able to connect the Elkhorn location with our Internet service since our fiber network in the area was complete.”

 

Responsive Local Service and Support

By using Great Plains Communications for both services at both locations, Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is benefiting from enhanced communications as well as the convenience of working with a single provider.

Tessendorf says, “We love being able to call someone locally and discuss options with our phone and Internet services. Tammy Hovendick at Great Plains Communications has helped with our rollover and forwarding issues with phones as well as the fax line. She’s stayed late and communicated with our IT guy to make sure we were satisfied with how everything was working. I appreciate that kind of customer service.”

What’s ahead for Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy? Tessendorf replies, “Our goals for 2017 are to continue to provide excellent customer service to the Fremont community and grow our Elkhorn location. In Elkhorn, we want to be the place that provides high-quality care in the area. With Great Plains Communications assisting us with efficiently communicating with patients, doctors and local schools, I believe these goals can be achieved.”

Father’s Day Recipes from Food Network

Looking for the perfect gift for that special man who has been there to stick on the band aids, check under the bed, and walk you down the aisle? Father’s Day is this weekend and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network that will please dad from the inside out this holiday.

Bacon-Egg-and-Cheese-Stuffed Pancakes

Don’t be caught thinking brunch is just for Mother’s Day! Whip up some of these deliciously decadent bacon, egg, and cheese stuffed pancakes to help dad start the day off right.

 

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Ribeye Steak

What better way to celebrate this beautiful weather and your dad at the same time, than grilling a beautiful steak such as a ribeye. Top it with Bobby’s onion jam and blue cheese, or customize it to your family’s liking.

 

Alton Brown’s Pan-Fried Chicken

Another classic dish to show your love for your father and food, fried chicken. Follow Alton’s technique of seasoning the chicken before flouring for a crispy, flavorful skin without the risk of burning the spices.

Make Sure You Have WatchTVEverywhere this Summer!

Watch all your favorite shows on all your wireless devices with WatchTVEverywhere from Great Plains Communications! If you are a cable customer of ours and have access to an Internet connection, you can stream Food Network, HGTV, ESPN and much more through your Roku, laptop, tablet, mobile phone and more.

 

The first step to getting your WatchTVEverywhere account is to register. You will need to go to www.watchtveverywhere.com and do the following:

 

Select Great Plains Communications from the list of TV providers in the drop-down menu and click on Submit

Click on “Register”

You will need two pieces of information to register, your account number and the correct spelling of the last name on the account.

 

You will then be asked to:

 

Provide an email address. This will be your user name. This can be any valid email address.

Provide a password

Select a password reset question

Supply the answer to the password reset question

Click on Register

Check the email address you just provided. You will find an email message with your WatchTVEverywhere activation link. Click on the link to complete the registration process

You are done and can begin to enjoy your favorite channels!

If you have any questions over your Great Plains Communications cable service or accessing WatchTVEverywhere, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2017 Summer Show Premieres

Summer premieres are on the horizon, and you won’t want to miss these new characters as their unique stories unfold. Jessica Biel returns to television in The Sinner, a murder mystery that will have you guessing. Midnight, Texas isn’t just about vampires and psychics, but what happens when the main character, Manfred finds himself among an array of both humans and supernatural beings, unknowing which are allies and which are not. You can find the trailers for these and other premieres below.

 

The Mist – June 22  (Spike)

 

The Bold Type – July 11  (Freeform)

 

Salvation – July 12  (CBS)

 

Midnight, Texas – July 25  (NBC)

 

The Sinner – August 2  (USA)

 

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

Check Out Our Website Redesign!

We are excited to announce the redesigned Great Plains Communications website has launched!

When we began the project, we had some specific goals in mind:

  • Effectively define and brand our company as a forward thinking solutions provider with a high performing network and high performing people
  • Provide valuable customer education resources
  • Create a site that is user friendly and visually engaging
  • Effectively define the areas of our business
    • Residential
    • Business/Enterprise
    • Wholesale

The new site is designed to help us achieve these goals effectively, and we are excited to finally have it live. We encourage you to browse the site and take note some of the interactive tools including the “What speed do you need?” tool and the Bundle tool designed to help residential customers customize services to their specific needs.

 

Speed Tool

Click the Image to Try

 

Bundle Tool

Click the Image to Try

 

If you have any questions about the design or where to find specific things on our website, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to help.

Red Nose Day 2017

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day.

Great Plains Communications employees get in the fun of supporting Red Nose Day

Don’t miss the Red Nose Day Special tonight on NBC. It is the third year in a row that the network has supported the cause through a one night special. Familiar faces will litter the screen from Mandy Moore, Ben Affleck, Orlando Bloom, Julia Roberts, Paul Rudd, and many more. Their website explains, “Throughout the night, viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children, and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the special event will start at 7:00 p.m. CT and we have included the schedule below:

7:00 p.m. – Celebrity Ninja Warrior

Celebrities such as Derek Hough, Stephen Amell, and Mena Suvari will take to the American Ninja Warrior course.

8:00 p.m. – Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Julia Roberts accompanies Bear Grylls to Kenya, where the pair must tackle a very harsh route of desert, canyons, and rivers to deliver vital vaccines to a remote village. Another obstacle in their way, they must reach their destination before the vaccines expire. “The journey highlights the impact of lifesaving vaccines, which Red Nose Day helps to provide to children around the world,” NBC says.

9:00 p.m. – The Red Nose Day Special

With a mix of comedy, top music performances, and the much-anticipated reunion sequel of “Love Actually” some of the biggest stars will gather tonight for the third annual Red Nose Day charity campaign to help end child poverty.

To find out more information on Red Nose Day, visit their website at rednoseday.org.

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