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Keeping Your Family Connected

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Start the School Year with an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet!

It can be tough to transition the family back into a routine when the school year rolls around. Let Great Plains Communications help this year, by making sure your kids have the tools they need to be successful. Sign up for high-speed Internet service and receive:

  • FREE Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
  • FREE Month of Internet Service

And if you sign up for any new service, you will get FREE Installation!

High-speed Internet is imperative in today’s education of eBooks, online testing and the endless resources students are expected to have access to through the Internet. With the increasing online traffic of the upcoming school year, make sure you have the speed your family needs.

Think of your Internet connection like a highway: the more traffic that is on the road, the more congested and slow the experience becomes. Internet traffic works the same way. When multiple devices are running simultaneously, bandwidth is used up quickly, and a traffic jam can occur, resulting in buffering and lag. The more devices you are running, the more speed you will need. Not sure what speed is right? We have you covered! Take our online speed quiz, where we evaluate things such as: how many people in your household, usage habits and how many devices your family uses.

If you are currently taking advantage of our Internet service, but feel you need a higher speed, if you upgrade by October 5, 2018 you will receive a $25 bill credit!

To learn more about this promotion and what speeds we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

 

*Amazon is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon, Alexa, Fire, and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates., Fire, and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

GPC Lab: The Internet is a Series of Tubes

“Scientist” Jeremy is back with another GPC Lab video to discuss your Internet delivery method.

As he demonstrates – speed is speed or 15 Mbps is 15 Mbps – no matter if it is delivered by coax, copper or fiber to the home. These materials are represented in the video through the pipes with the water representing your Internet. The different components are mediums used to transport Internet service to your home and though they are made of different materials, the data transfer is the same.

So now that we have established the foundation of how you are receiving your Internet service, lets talk about speed.

How do you use the Internet?

If you are a user who confines Internet usage to checking email and Facebook – running only a laptop or one desktop computer, you will be satisfied with a lower speed (10 – 15 Mbps). However, if there are several Internet activities happening in your household simultaneously such as online gaming, movie streaming, and online test-taking, you will need a much higher speed (30, 50 or 100 Mbps). As these scenarios demonstrate; the level of activity occurring in the household determines the speed needed for maximum Internet performance. Not sure what speed is right for your family? Take the Great Plains Communications speed quiz. If you have additional questions or would like to learn about what speeds we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Virtual Summer Giveaway Winners

Help us in congratulating our two Virtual Summer Giveaway winners, Cindy Frey of Stapleton, NE and Carrie Langer of Dodge, NE! Each were randomly selected after commenting on our Virtual Summer Facebook post, answering the question: “If I could go anywhere in the world this summer, I would take a virtual trip to _____.” Cindy commented that she would visit, “My daughter/son-in-law’s new home in Kentucky” and Carrie commented that she would take a virtual trip to Ireland. They both have won a DESTEK V4 Virtual Reality Headset with 103 degree field of view and capability with both iOS and Android phones.

The giveaway is part of our Virtual Summer promotion that is available through July 20! By using the code “Virtual Summer” on our website or when you call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, you will receive FREE installation on any new service including high speed-Internet, Cable TV or phone service.  The social giveaway might be over, but there are still a few more days to take advantage of this great deal!

Once again, help us in congratulating Cindy and Carrie!

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!

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.

High-Tech Camping Gadgets You Won’t Want to Forget to Pack

It’s officially camping season! No matter if you camp in a tent, air-conditioned mobile home, by a lake or deep in the woods, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite high-tech camping gadgets you won’t want to forget this summer.

 

CampStove 2

Turn fire into electricity with the upgraded award-winning BioLite CampStove2. Portable size with the capability to boil 1 L of water in under 5 minutes, generate 5V of power through a USB output to charge your devices, and burns on “renewable biomass” such as sticks and twigs.

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

There is nothing worse than forgetting or running out of water on a long hike. You could end up parched yet feeling taunted by nature as you walk by a stream or river. Using the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti, purify up to 8,000 liters to ensure safe drinking water.

PowerLight Bundle

A torch, flashlight, and lantern in one – the PowerLight Bundle can light a site up to 40 ft. It is also equipped with a powerful 4,400 mAh Li-Ion battery that can recharge from any USB source and also share power to any USB chargeable devices.

Oomph

Water is definitely a priority while roughing it in the woods, however coffee is often a close second for many. The Oomph is the ultimate coffee-to-go creating a pressure generated cup of jo in under 2 minutes.

FCC’s Brendan Carr visits the Midwest – Broadband and Smart Ag

Great Plains Communications was honored to join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr as he visited Fremont and the North Bend area yesterday as part of his Great Plains Tour. Visiting Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, Carr has traveled from Washington DC to view and discuss the need for broadband throughout rural America. “The trip will focus on rural broadband deployment, including the opportunities it creates in small agriculture, telehealth, job creation and workforce development,” the FCC stated in a media advisory.

Roxie Kracl, Owner of LA Fire Proof Door Co. in Fremont, NE

Roxie Kracl, Owner of LA Fire Proof Door Co. in Fremont, NE

Closing out the Nebraska leg of his trip, Great Plains Communications joined Carr in visiting with Mayor Scott Getzshman of Fremont, NE while also making stops at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and L.A. Fire Proof Door Co. to discuss broadband throughout the city and the effect it has had on the local economy.

After Fremont, we headed to Ruzicka Farms, a 115-year old family-owned North Bend, Nebraska business with Carr to look at how broadband deployment has allowed them to implement Smart Ag applications into their business. Elements of Smart Ag include on-field sensing technologies, data tracking, smart irrigation, tractor hardware and software, drone data capture, and various mobile applications which help decrease labor time and costs while increasing farm yield and profits.

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We would like to thank Ruzicka Farms and our Fremont customers and business partners who met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to discuss the benefits of broadband: Scott Getzschman, Fremont Mayor; Tara Lea, Executive Director, Fremont Chamber of Commerce; and Roxie Kracl, Owner, LA Fire Proof Door Co.

Last Chance for the Spring Promotion!

It is your last chance to take advantage of our spring promotion, as it is only valid through May 31! This is truly a deal you won’t want to miss. Let Great Plains Communications help you increase your speed and watch your bill drop. Read below for the multiple ways you can save this season:

  • Add or upgrade Internet and receive up to a $50 bill credit + FREE Installation
  • Sign up for Cable TV or Phone service and receive FREE Installation
  • Bundle your services to save up to 37% each month

As the need for speed continues to rise with multiplying devices in the home and bandwidth requirements from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, make sure you are keeping up with your family’s speed needs. If you aren’t sure what that might be, take our What Speed do you Need quiz here on our website.

The clock is ticking on this great deal! If you are interested in signing up or learning more about the promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.

Summer Internet Safety Tips for Parents

Summer break is quickly approaching and that means an abundance of free time for the children in your life. While there will be plenty of time spent outside, it is good to keep in mind some Internet safety topics to discuss with children to ensure their online experience is a positive one.

  1. Internet usage guidelines

Rather than telling them all the things they can’t do, have a conversation with your child about how long they are allowed online and what type of sites are OK or not OK. While you make the ultimate decision, show that you are listening to their opinions. Also discuss how to behave towards others when chatting, gaming, emailing, or messaging.

  1. The importance of privacy

While this depends on the age of the child, a simple rule for younger children could be that they should not give out their name, phone number or photo without a parent’s approval. Older children should be advised to be selective about what personal information they include on social networking, such as not including their address or telephone number on sites such as Facebook.

  1. Meeting online “friends”

The Internet can be a positive place for children to interact with other young people and ultimately make new friends. By discussing it ahead of time, your child is more likely to recognize if they’re talking to someone they shouldn’t be. This is a good way to keep the dialogue about Internet interaction between you and your children open.

Remember that the positive aspects of the Internet outweigh the negatives and that it is a wonderful educational and recreational resource. Let your child show you what they like to do online and discover it with them.

Spring Social Giveaway

We are throwing it back with our retro video game themed spring promotion, looking to help you get the high score with our high-speed Internet and watch your bill drop with up to a $50 bill credit! Along with this great deal, we are also doing our best social media giveaway to date.

Spring Social Giveaway

Enter to win a gaming package, including:

  • 1 Nintendo Switch™
  • Mario Kart Deluxe 8
  • Joy-Con Wheel (set of 2)

With this prize, you will be able to take the entertainment wherever you go, with the capability of a console gaming system and portable device all in one. Entertain the whole family with the classic Mario Kart team and feel like you’re really on the track with the Joy-Con Wheel as it simply snaps around the controller.

HOW TO ENTER

All of this sounds fantastic, but how do you get your name in the running? It is simple:

  • Go to the Great Plains Communications Facebook Page
  • Like our page
  • Find the post with the header “S O C I A L G I V E A W A Y”
  • Like the post
  • Comment on the post what is your favorite video game of all time

The giveaway will run until May 16, 2018. We will announce the winner here on our blog on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

To find out more on how you could receive up to a $50 bill credit, go to our website or call 1-855-853-1483 and tell our representatives you would like to learn more about the current spring promotion.

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