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Chase County Fair 2018

The Chase County Fair is underway with the Mutton Bustin’ this afternoon starting at 3:00 PM (MDT) and the 30th Annual Demolition Derby tomorrow starting at 6:30 PM (MDT). Great Plains Communications (GPC) is excited to once again be part of the fun, as the sponsor of Friday night’s concert of Brothers Osborne and special guest Kendell Marvel! Gates open for the concert at 6:30 PM (MDT) and keep an eye for some of our employees as they will be passing out FREE t-shirts by the entrance. Then on Saturday, you can see us again in the parade as we throw candy along with other goodies from the GPC float.

If you haven’t already, like our Facebook page so that you can be ready for our FLASH GIVEAWAY of two tickets to each concert offered at the Chase County Fair. So that will be two winners, one who will receive two tickets to Brothers Osborne/Kendell Marvel and the other winner who will receive two tickets to the Saturday show of Jack Russell’s Great White and Sebastian Bach! Watch for more details coming soon.

Come See Us at the Knox County Fair!

We are excited to once again be a sponsor for the Knox County Fair Bull-A-Rama! Starting tonight, August 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM, the excitement will be underway. As you head in to the arena, be sure to look for some of our employees as they hand out free Great Plains Communications 2018 Virtual Summer shirts. The supply is limited, so grab them up while they last.

If you can’t make it out for the Bull-A-Rama, be sure to catch one of the other attractions the Knox County Fair has to offer! The rides will be running August 9 – August 12. Eli Young Band will be performing at the Grandstand at 8 PM tomorrow night with Arch Allies, a tribute band to Journey, Styx, Def Leppard, Reo Speedwagon and Boston, at the Grandstand Saturday evening. This weekend is sure to be filled with fun for the whole family, and Great Plains Communications is honored to be a part of it. And you can catch us in the Imperial, NE area next week as we take on the Chase County Fair!

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.

Back-to-School Lunch Recipes

It is officially August and that means the school year is just around the corner. With the school year comes new routines and lots of planning: new clothes, checklist of supplies you need to get, and lunches and snacks to prepare. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite school time recipes the kids will love.

Jeff’s French Toast in a Mug

French toast isn’t really considered a portable breakfast, but with this recipe combines the comforting flavors of cinnamon French toast with the ease of breakfast from the microwave. By using disposable cups, this could be a carpool breakfast with no mess.

 

3 Locker-Friendly Foods for School

It can be tough to think of meals or snacks that can successfully sit in a locker for the morning hours and still taste as intended when lunch rolls around. These tips are full of techniques you may have not thought about – like putting your condiments between the meat and cheese instead of on the bread of the sandwich!

 

Ree’s Schoolday Chicken and Noodles

Ree Drummond or better known as The Pioneer Woman, homeschools her children, which means she is cooking their lunch meals. This is a comforting classic of chicken noodles that could also be a good weeknight meal as fall weather approaches.

 

Rachael’s Frozen Grape Slushies

Kids are often hungry as they come through the front door after school and it can be hard to think of not only fast but healthy snacks. These grape slushies are just two ingredients but will still feel like a treat as the kids slurp down the refreshing and healthy snack.

Tips on Spotting a Phishing Email

Countless phishing or spam emails are sent every day all over the world. They might congratulate you on winning a great sum of cash or threaten you by claiming to represent your bank or credit card company. While unfortunately there is no one trick to telling a scam from a legitimate message, Great Plains Communications has put together some steps to take when trying to tell the difference.

  1. Identify the Sender

Often phishing emails will come across as a company or person you know, appearing to be perfectly valid. But beware, URLs can be faked. By hovering the mouse over a URL in an email, you will see a hyperlinked address in most email clients. If the actual address appears to be different from the URL in the text, the link is probably not legitimate and most likely a scam.

Another tactic often used is taking a familiar domain and changing it slightly. We have included some examples below:

Don’t fall for the spoof. If you aren’t sure if the email is truly coming from Microsoft, for example, go to the website through your browser and find tech support through there rather than the email.

  1. Screen the Links

Just because you have screened the sender does NOT mean you should freely click links included in the email. Emails can contain links to malicious websites while appearing to be websites you frequent daily. Like we mentioned with the sender URL, hover over a link or button (ex. Track package), and it will show you where it will take you. Sometimes it will pop up in a box next to your cursor and sometimes it will pop up in the corner of your screen. If you don’t recognize a linked website, it is best not to visit it.

  1. Don’t Trust Attachments

While you can get some insight into the links included in an email, this isn’t the case with attachments and by blindly opening these files, you run the risk of malware disguised as documents.

Malware: an umbrella term for things such as viruses, ransomware and spyware.

Some familiar file extensions you may see are:

Other file extensions could be:

These extensions are called executables, which can make your computer perform specific actions or control your computer. If you receive an executable in an email from an unknown or lesser known source, it is best to assume it is unsafe.

  1. Rely on Common Sense

It can be confusing when you are caught off-guard while skimming through your emails. If the email reads poorly with extreme lack of spelling and grammar, put your guard up. If an email is asking for personal information such as your password or a bank account number (something your bank already has), keep your guard up. Trust your gut and if something doesn’t look right, something is probably off.

 

Regarding emails including Great Plains Communications, please know that we will never ask for customer passwords via email. If you ever receive an email which includes our name and you feel it may be a scam, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and do NOT reply, open attachments, or click any links embedded in the message.

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.

Tips to Keeping your Electronics Cool this Summer

We are in the middle of summer and the temperatures are staying hot and steady. Are you keeping your electronics cool through the heat? Extreme heat can be potentially detrimental to your expensive gadgets. Great Plains Communications has some tips on keeping not only your portable devices cool, but your home computer as well.

  1. Be mindful of where you leave your devices. It may sound like common sense, but maybe you needed to run into the store or class for an hour or two and you left your laptop on the back seat of your car. This kind of heat can cause major damage to the battery and other sensitive electronics. And if temperatures got high enough, it could even affect the connections between different components of your device.
  2. Consider your case. Just as black clothing attracts more sun, a black case on your phone or tablet could do the same. Instead of buying a whole new case, consider getting a foamed neoprene sleeve or cover for summer months. The foam (which is used for wetsuits) will not only add extra protection from clumsiness, but the material will also keep it cooler than most plastics.
  3. Watch your screen. It’s true that many e-readers are glare-free and can be used in the sun. However, when it isn’t in use, don’t let it sit out. Too much contact with sunlight can cause the LCDs in your screen to deteriorate and shorten the lifespan of your device.
  4. Don’t forget your home electronics. Just because your desktop computer is inside your home, doesn’t mean it isn’t at risk from heat damage. Make sure to keep electronics out of direct sunlight. Also, always leave room for airflow around your equipment and never cover any vents or fans. Most computers, routers, and other devices have vents in the back or on the side. If they are placed in tight areas, the air pumped through the vents will gradually become hotter and hotter, which could ultimately overheat your machine.

Shark Week Starts this Sunday!

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 22. It’s the 30th anniversary, so you know they are doing it up big with some of their most adrenaline pumping shows yet and familiar faces you won’t want to miss.

Throughout the week, you can expect shows such as:

Sunday, July 22

7 p.m. CT, Bear vs. Shark – No, this isn’t a race between a bear and a shark. It’s Bear Grylls and he is taking on the ocean’s most powerful predator.

8 p.m. CT, Shaq Does Shark Week – Basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal may be big, but he has one main fear: SHARKS. To help him out, comedian, Rob Riggle will join to help him work through that fear.

9 p.m. CT, Ronda Rousey Uncaged – Ronda Rousey is going head-to-head with a different kind of competitor as she takes on a mako shark.

Monday, July 23

7 p.m. CT, Monster Tag – More athletes join in the fun as Aaron Rodgers, Lindsey Vonn and Rob Gronkowski look into wildlife tags with scientists, learning about all the information the tags can provide.

Tuesday, July 24

7 p.m. CT, Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy – From Food Network to the Bahamas, celebrity chef, Guy Fieri and his son learn about the local cuisine for humans and sharks.

 

For the full listing of exciting Shark Week programming, check out the Discovery Channel website. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we provide 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!

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