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2018 Virtual Summer Giveaway

Imagine that vacation you never booked: your feet settling into the shifting sand as you watch the waves break in the distance. Now that is relaxation. But then you realize you’re just staring at a beach screensaver and your feet are actually freezing from the overbearing air-conditioning of the office. Find that place again and experience your virtual summer with our social giveaway!

We are giving away TWO Virtual Reality Headsets as a part of our Virtual Summer promotion. These headsets provide a 103-degree field of view, immersing you in whatever scene you choose – including 360-degree videos. Fitted for both iOS and Android phones, all you have to do is put on the headset and choose your adventure.

Here’s how you enter:

  1. Like the Great Plains Communications Facebook page
  2. Like the S O C I A L G I V E A W A Y post on our Facebook page
  3. Finish the following sentence in the comments of the social giveaway post: If I could go anywhere in the world this summer, I would take a virtual trip to ____________.

The giveaway will end Monday, July 16 and the two winners will be announced Tuesday, July 17 here in our blog. If you are looking to score even more awesome deals, check out our Virtual Summer promotion and learn how you can receive FREE installation on any new service! Visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, now!

HBO® and Cinemax® FREE Preview This Weekend!

The HBO® and Cinemax® free preview begins tomorrow! Are you ready for all the action and drama? You will have access to chart-topping movies such as The Great Wall, Blade Runner 2049 and John Wick: Chapter 2. Not to mention HBO original shows such as Vice and the premiere of Sharp Objects. The free preview will run Friday, July 6 through Monday, July 9.

The preview is a feature available to Great Plains Communications cable customers. If you are not currently taking advantage of our cable service but would like to learn more about the packages we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Fourth of July Dessert Recipes

Are you scrambling to think of a recipe to bring to the barbecue this holiday? Impress all the guests with these simple and festive dessert recipes we found from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Red, White and Blue Cherry Pies

Keep it easy with a boxed pie crust or splurge and get the pre-made stuff from the store. Either way, this recipe will be done in no time and your friends will love the freshness of the berries mixing with the flakiness of the crust. Plus, if you omit the ice cream, these delicious gems become portable – perfect for a party.

 

Summer Berry Baked Alaska

Again, use those berries while they are in season but this time for a frosty treat like Baked Alaska. Help everyone cool down from the summer heat with the light flavors of raspberries and blackberries topped with the show stopping outer meringue shell.

 

Red, White and Blue Swirled Cheesecake

A swirl design is always a fun way to jazz up a basic dessert such as cheesecake and the patriotic red and blue will be beautiful mixed against the white of the simple batter.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer but would like to learn about the services we provide in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you. We would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

2018 Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July is just a week away but fireworks sales are already booming. While there is much fun to be had, the holiday 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 Fireworks Use 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 kids 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, a lot of other 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.

 

Don’t Miss the Premiere of Sharp Objects During the HBO® and Cinemax® FREE Preview!

It’s almost time! The HBO® and Cinemax® free preview will be here before we know it, starting Friday, July 6 through Monday, July 9. Hours of must-see movies like Justice League and IT, plus some of the addictive shows. During the preview, don’t miss the premiere of the new HBO short series, Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams. Based on a book by the author of Gone Girl and from the director of Big Little Lies, this new 8-part series looks to be full of drama and suspense. You can find the trailer along with other upcoming premieres below:

Sharp Objects – HBO: July 8, 2018

 

Castle Rock – Hulu: July 25, 2018

 

Making It – NBC: July 31, 2018

 

The Innocents – Netflix: August 24

 

You must be a Great Plains Communications cable customer to receive the HBO and Cinemax free preview. If you would like to sign up or learn about what services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Take WatchTVEverywhere With You This Summer

It is officially the first day of summer! While you are busy enjoying the beautiful weather, or taking trips with family, don’t think you have to miss out on your favorite shows. Catch them all on 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 view 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 a valid email address. This will be your user name.
  • 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 regarding your Great Plains Communications cable service or accessing WatchTVEverywhere, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Virtual Summer 2018

Stuck at work this summer? Dreaming of that beach vacation that won’t seem to plan itself? Great Plains Communications is taking a virtual summer trip and we are inviting you along. Enjoy our online promotion of FREE Installation on ANY (high-speed Internet, cable television, phone) new service through July 20, 2018.

Take a trip with us this summer and watch for a chance to win your own virtual reality headset through our social media sites later this month!

For more information on what services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and don’t forget to include the code “Virtual Summer” to receive FREE installation.

2018 College World Series Info

Opening day is finally within reach, as thousands of people prepare to enter TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE for the NCAA College World Series (CWS), which runs June 16 through June 26. Opening Ceremonies will be tomorrow night, with a parade of teams marching from Creighton University to the stadium at 8:30 PM, and Olympic style team introductions from 8:45 – 10:00 PM CT. From there, the action will start Saturday with Game 1 at 2 PM CT between Oregon State vs. North Carolina airing on ESPN. For a full event schedule, click here for the NCAA website.

Catch all the CWS excitement with Great Plains Communications cable TV service. If you currently aren’t a subscriber, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to find out what we offer in your area.

Pick your teams, fill out your brackets and let’s play ball!

Grilling for Father’s Day

It’s the week before Father’s Day and Great Plains Communications is looking to the grill and Food Network to celebrate dad. Maybe your family is planning to go camping or your dad loves spending the summer evenings out back with a beer and his barbecue. Whatever the case, we found some delicious recipes from breakfast to dessert, that the family can gather around to honor dad.

 

Grilled Breakfast – Get Up and Get Grilling

Fried eggs to French toast skewers, don’t think grilling is just for lunch and dinner. Take breakfast or brunch outdoors before it gets too hot and enjoy these morning “outside the cereal box” recipes.

 

Sweet and Spicy Chili-Lime Flank Steak

The balance in this rub will have your taste buds dancing. The smokiness of the cumin pairs beautifully with the sweet robust brown sugar and is balanced by the lime. Don’t forget to cut against the grain when slicing for a tender bite of steak.

 

Grilled Banana Split

Finish out the day by the grill or even fire pit and let everyone create their own grilled banana split masterpiece. The banana will become caramelized from the heat of the fire, melding with the chocolate chips and finish it off with your favorite ice cream, and of course sprinkles.

Throwback Thursday for Gateway to the West Days

Parade in Blair, NE - 1959

Parade in Blair, NE – 1959

In recognition of Gateway to the West Days in Blair, NE this weekend, Great Plains Communications (GPC) is doing a throwback to look back at the years we have spent in the Blair community.

GPC’s founder, E.C. Hunt purchased the Bell Telephone and Farmers Telephone in Blair and that was the final move to bring what we know as Great Plains Communications to the area. A modern telephone building was designed by Omaha architect Frederick S. Scott, and built in downtown Blair at 1638 Lincoln St.

While GPC has continued to expand, now providing high-speed Internet, cable TV, and phone service in over 90 communities across Nebraska through a 9,500-mile regional fiber network extending into Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. However, as large as the company has grown, it was formed in Blair and has remained in Blair.

Find information on all the Gateway to the West Days activities here.

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