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The 2016 INCOMPAS Show

Great Plains Communications is excited to be exhibiting at the 2016 INCOMPAS Show (previously COMPTEL PLUS) next week, April 10-13 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. According to the INCOMPAS Show website, attendees can expect a “streamlined event designed to facilitate meaningful exchanges that lead to business deals and pipeline building.”

Below we have listed a few of the sessions that will be taking place at the conference:


The Benefits of Competition for the Customer

Robert T. Hale, JR., Founder, CEO and President of Granite

Cloud, loT, and the Emerging GRC Challenges

Sponsored by Juvo Technologies

The Evolving Privacy and Cybersecurity Landscape


For more information on the 2016 INCOMPAS Show, go to their website at If you find yourself in the area, or plan to represent your own company in Washington, D.C. next week, be sure to stop by booth #413 and say “hi” to Great Plains Communications. We’re excited to see you there!

COMPTEL PLUS Business Expo 2015

COMPTEL PLUS is produced by COMPTEL, the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings, as well as the development and deployment of next-generation IP-based networks and advanced services utilizing fiber, copper and wireless facilities.

The conference is held twice a year, providing attendees the opportunity to network and learn about the latest industry trends and products. In 2013, COMPTEL PLUS brought in over 180 exhibitors and just over 3,800 attendees. This year will be the first time Great Plains Communications makes the trip to Comptel being held in Orlando, Florida, April 12-15.

Three of the keynote speakers for this year’s conference are listed below.

  • Senator Bill Nelson, Ranking Democrat on Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Nelson will be speaking on the outlook for the 114th Congress, as well as an array of communications-related issues.
  • Milo Medin, Vice President, Access Services, Google, Inc. Medin will be discussing the “Agenda for Broadband Abundance.”
  • Dow Draper, President, Spring Wholesale & Prepaid Services. Draper will present up and coming goals and visions for Sprint, while also touching on new products that are expected to “transform wireless communications.”

For more information on what to expect this year at the COMPTEL PLUS Business Expo 2015, check out their website at If you find yourself in the area, or plan to represent your own company in Orlando next week, be sure to stop by booth #218 and say hi to Great Plains Communications. We’re excited to see you there!

Top Questions about TV Programming

We have blogged in the past about how programming is selected for TV, and how local stations are assigned to different areas.  However, why we do or do not have a particular channel in a particular area continues to be one of the most frequent questions that we get.  So, we’ve put together a list of answers for quick reference whenever you would like to know just what airs on TV is chosen.

Q.  Who chooses what local channels I have in my area?

A.  We know that sometimes you would like a different set of broadcast options or you wonder why the channels that you loved are suddenly gone.  Local affiliates for NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX are actually governed by a set of federal regulations.   It is actually up to the networks to grant or deny cable operators (like Great Plains Communications) use of their signal, in addition to exclusivity in their markets. That means that if NBC and its affiliates decide that the Lincoln stations should air in your area, then that is what will air. If you would like to voice your concern about this practice, you can do so by clicking here.


Q. Why does my favorite show suddenly go off the air?

A.  This one is actually governed by each channel.  Of course, networks want to put on shows that a lot of people watch so that they can charge higher rates for advertising.  It can be hard to come to terms with the fact that the show or channel that you loved wasn’t watched by many others.  An example of this was SPEED, which aired racing programming 24/7.  Unfortunately for fans, the ratings for the whole channel were very low and it was replaced with more popular programming.


Q. How does Great Plains Communications determine what channels to air?

A.  There are a few different influences on what we choose to air on our Cable feeds.  First and foremost, we take into account what our customers want to see.  We were definitely going to air the Big Ten Network!  The second influence is the cost of the channel.  Every single channel that you view comes with a subscription fee paid by Great Plains Communications.  If that fee is very high and demand for the channel is only so-so, we are going to pass.  We also look at the availability of those channels.  Some channels might demand to be offered on a particular tier.  That impacts price and might make a channel undesirable.  At the end of the day, we are looking to provide the best value to our communities.


So there you have it.  The answers to our top questions about TV programming.  If you have another question, please let us know in the comments section!