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Supporting Local Veterans With Operation Homefront

In our previous social campaign, Great Plains Communications worked to raise awareness for the organization Operation Homefront by offering to donate $1 for every “like” we received on our Facebook post. Thanks to an abundance of support, we received 802 likes equaling $802. We want to thank everyone who liked and shared our post to further help us in our goal. To show our appreciation, Great Plains Communications would like to round out our donation to $1,000 to Operation Homefront. With a commitment from the organization, we have been notified that the full $1,000 will be used right here in our great state of Nebraska to help local veterans in need.

Some examples of ways donations are used:

  • Pay the electric bill of a military family
  • Help a warrior transition to civilian life
  • Help keep essential vehicle rolling
  • Pay for critical baby items
  • Help with rent and mortgage payments

Again we would like to thank everyone for their support in spreading awareness for our campaign, and we would like to give an even bigger thank you to the men and women who have and are currently serving our country.

Thanksgiving Recipes 2016

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and your friends and family have asked you to bring a dish. They will have the turkey and pie prepared, but ask you to bring a side dish. Great Plains Communications wants to share a few of our favorite side dish and accompaniments from our cable channel, Food Network.

Cravenous Cranberry Sauce – Tyler Florence

With every great turkey comes a tart and sweet cranberry sauce to pair with the savory flavors of the meat. Don’t bother with the gelatinous canned stuff, and switch it out for fresh cranberries and the citrus surprise of orange.

Sausage Chestnut Stuffing – Giada De Laurentiis

Impress your family and friends with this elevated stuffing recipe. While still getting the cornbread flavor of the boxed stuffing we are all used to, by adding sweet apples, savory sausage and texture through the chunks of chestnut, this dish will leave everyone’s taste buds wanting more.

Sunny’s Creamed Spinach Recipe – Sunny Anderson

Looking for something a little different from the traditional green bean casserole but still love the creamy texture? Try this creamed spinach recipe, which incorporates salty parmesan and convenient frozen spinach with the classic crunchy topping of fried onions.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Great Plains Communications!

Operation Homefront Social Campaign

This year, along with our Support Our Troops program, Great Plains Communications is doing a social campaign to help raise money and awareness for the organization, Operation Homefront. We not only want to thank the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country, but want to help where there is a constant need for assistance. Operation Homefront donates 92% of expenditures to building strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect.

According to their website, in 2015 Operation Homefront placed 92 families in mortgage-free homes, gave $4.2 million in emergency assistance, provided 32,906 military children with holiday toys, and so much more.

We understand there is need all over the United States, including our state of Nebraska. So far in 2016, Operation Homefront has donated $2,290.58 towards auto payment and insurance, $4,995 for rent and mortgage, and other needs totaling $15,534.04 specifically provided to Nebraska military families.

By simply going to our Facebook page and liking our post shown in the graphic below, your like will be turned into a dollar that Great Plains Communications will donate to Operation Homefront at the end of the month (maximum donation $1,000). Help us help those who made the sacrifice for our country.

For more information on Operation Homefront, you can go to their website: www.operationhomefront.net.

Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing

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

  • Auto-Pay

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 either filling out the form on our website or calling our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Time to Set The Clocks Back – Daylight Saving Time

It is a common misconception that daylight saving time was created in the aid of farmers, to allow an extra hour of sunlight to work their fields. As we turn our clocks back this Sunday, November 6, 2016, Great Plains Communications has teamed up with our cable channel, History Channel to bring you the real reason we “fall back” and “spring forward”.

The real reason we adjust our clocks twice a year is based on energy conservation and a attempt to match daylight hours to times when the majority of people are awake, dating back to 1895. According to the History Channel, “the first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I,” on April 30, 1916. In an effort to conserve electricity needed for war effort, Germany and Austria enforced a one-hour clock shift. The United States later adopted daylight saving in 1918.

Support Our Troops Program 2016!

It is November 1, which means we quickly switch from spooky festivities to holiday cheer. Great Plains Communications understands the importance of community during this time. No matter if you find it within relatives or close friends, spending time together and showing love and appreciation for one another is what makes the holiday season beautiful. We also understand that this isn’t as easy for everyone, because a child or brother, best friend or spouse are sacrificing their life for our country as a member of the Armed Forces.

To thank our troops and their families for the sacrifices they make, we have brought back our Support Our Troops Program! From November 1 through December 31, 2016, Great Plains Communications is offering free shipping to customers with loved ones in the Armed Forces. In doing so, we hope to help our customers send a little piece of home to their soldier serving overseas or stateside this holiday season.

We understand this is a stressful time and we want to help. Below are the simple instructions to getting the goodie box to your loved one, on us.

  1. Pick up a 12 x 12 x 6 box from your local post office (maximum of 1 box per customer).
  2. Fill it with approved items and complete the registration, including your Great Plains Communications account number.
  3. Great Plains Communications will send you a pre-paid postage stamp for the standard rate (see #1 for box specifications).
  4. Attach the stamp and your Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note to the outside of the box and take to your local post office.

The Support Our Troops Program has officially started, so let us help you build that sense of community this holiday season. For more information on the program, visit our website at https://www.gpcom.com/troops.

Halloween 2016

With Halloween on a Monday this year, this weekend will be full of festive activities such as parties, trunk-or-treats, and costume contests. No matter your age, it is always smart to be cautious around Halloween, as pedestrian traffic increases significantly and there are many distractions. Safe Kids Worldwide provided an infographic breaking down some statistics about the season.

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Now that we are all prepared, Great Plains Communications has chosen some of our favorite Halloween recipes provided by our cable channel, Food Network. Make Deviled Ham Eyeballs Sandwiches with Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King, for a more savory take on the holiday. For a good mix of sweet and savory, look to Alton Brown’s Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Lastly, you can never go wrong with a classic Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples with Giada De Laurentiis. Find all the recipes below.

Happy Halloween from Great Plains Communications!

Scam Alert in Broken Bow and Sutherland, NE Areas!

Recently Great Plains Communications has become aware of an ongoing scam in the Broken Bow and Sutherland areas. There have been reports of individuals going door-to-door selling what they claim to be Great Plains Communications services. The company would like to make it clear that these individuals are in no way associated with Great Plains Communications. If you ever encounter these individuals or other questionable door-to-door salesmen, do not hesitate to ask for their permit, which they are all legally required to have in these areas. If you ever feel you are in danger from an unknown person soliciting or trying to enter the property, call local law enforcement right away.

For your information moving forward, we have listed a few ways you can verify that you are working with a genuine Great Plains Communications technician:

  • There will be a company logo on their shirt.
  • All company trucks are marked with the logo.
  • They all have a Great Plains Communications identification card.
  • Techs will never sell directly. They are there to do installations or repairs.

Great Plains Communications wants all of our customers to feel safe, so please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 if you are ever in doubt or have questions about a situation.

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
  • National School Lunch Programs Free Lunch Program
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Head Start (those meeting income-qualifying standard)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Federal Housing Assistance
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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 athttp://transition.fcc.gov/indians/financialassistance.html. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 for more information.

Meet a Tech – Daryl & Alex Sharp

Daryl Sharp (middle) with his sons Jared (left) and Alex (right) Sharp

Daryl Sharp (middle) with his sons Jared (left) and Alex (right) Sharp

Daryl Sharp has been with Great Plains Communications as a Broadband Technician for just shy of 20 years. He was raised on a farm in Enders, NE, 8 miles south of Imperial, NE and enjoys the support and kindness a rural community offers. “It is an experience that is hard to explain, other than I have much appreciation and thankfulness to be a part of and raise my family in the same community I grew up in, ” Daryl said. With his son, Jared recently starting college in Mooresville, NC attending NASCAR Technical Institute, he enjoys being able to work closely with his other son, Alex Sharp who has been with Great Plains Communications for a little over three years. Though Alex works in the community of McCook, NE, he and his wife only live 60 miles from Imperial, so Daryl is fortunate to see him at least once a week.
“When Alex showed interest in telecommunications, I was very much in support of his educational choice, ” Daryl said. “I was happy after he graduated college that he accepted a position at Great Plains Communications to pursue his career, as knowing the history of how they take care of their employees. I wouldn’t want anything less for him.”
Alex wasn’t always sure he wanted to pursue telecommunications but said, “Heading into college, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do yet. So during my 3 summers of college, I got the job to intern for Great Plains Communications in Imperial.” From there he changed his major to Information Technology at UNK and upon graduating, got the job in McCook as an Outside Plant Technician before becoming a Central Office Technician with Great Plains Communications.
Great Plains Communications prides itself on being a fourth-generation family owned business, but it is also families such as the Sharps that represent that quality throughout our communities. They are the faces customers see at their door for an install and in the stands next to them at the high school football game. As Daryl states, “I have seen numerous changes over the years in technology, but one thing that has never changed to me is the importance of true customer service.”
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