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2018 Financial Goals and eBill

Have you set a goal to become more financially responsible in 2018? Great Plains Communications has just the features to make sure you stick to your resolution and succeed.

As a Great Plains Communications’ customer, you have access to eBill, an online platform that allows you to see and pay your current bill, track your long-distance minutes and view your payment history. Auto-Pay, which is set-up with eBill, will allow you to schedule an automatic monthly deduction for your Great Plains Communications’ services. This will provide less clutter from the mail and the elimination of any late fees.

The eBill system also makes Paperless Billing a great option! You can save the paper on one more bill, while maintaining access to your information whenever and wherever you are. So, don’t wait around for your bill to come in the mail, hoping you have budgeted correctly. Take advantage of Great Plains Communications’ eBill and all the helpful features that come with it.

To sign-up today, go to our website, www.gpcom.com/autopay or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, and get started making your New Year’s resolution happen with ease.

Great Plains Communications Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The deadline is quickly approaching for the Great Plains Communications Scholarship and Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship. No matter if it is a big University or a two-year program at a Tech School, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers. Our scholarship program has allowed students to attend schools across the state, majoring in agriculture, law, engineering and much more.

With the deadline of February 1 less than a month away, we encourage you to download the Great Plains Communications Scholarship here and send the completed application packet to the following address:

Great Plains Communications
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 500
Blair, NE 68008

 

The FRS is an affiliate of the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA), an organization of independent telephone companies across the United States. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors with a C grade point average or above and have an interest in returning to a rural community after graduation. The FRS Scholarship application requires a signature of sponsorship from Great Plains Communications. To apply, see your school’s guidance counselor or log onto the FRS website at www.frs.org. Completed applications must be submitted to the following address by February 23.

Great Plains Communications
Attn: Scholarship
P.O. Box 500
Blair, NE 68008

 

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact 402-456-6458 or scholarshipsgrants@gpcom.com.

2018 Show Premieres

New year, new goals, and new shows on television you won’t want to miss. Familiar faces in unfamiliar storylines, 2018 has an exciting lineup of premieres. We have highlighted just a few trailers below to give you a taste of what to watch for starting this month.

 

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – January 12 on Amazon Prime

A mix of sci-fi short stories, this series not only holds an elite cast (Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin, Janelle Monae, Steve Buscemi) but it portrays a strange and futuristic world based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories.

 

The Resident – January 21 on Fox

A modern-day medicine story focuses on a headstrong senior resident as he mentors an idealistic young doctor. The blunt style of his guidance quickly reveals what it really means to work in the medical field, both good and bad.

 

The Alienist – January 22 on TNT

Set in 1896 in New York City, we are thrown into a murder mystery amongst extreme wealth and severe poverty. Dakota Fanning stars in this psychiatrist investigative series based on the novel by Caleb Carr.

2018 Tech Resolution Tips

It is 2018 and people are setting goals. While according to Statista.com, ‘Save Money’ and ‘Lose Weight’ are still the top two resolutions for 2018, people are also starting to consider that like a healthy eating balance there also needs to be a healthy tech balance. More people are setting goals such as, “Monitor Phone Use” or “Improve Cyber Security”. Great Plains Communications wants to help you succeed with some tips.

 

Monitor Phone Use

How often do you find yourself turning on the television to watch a show and end up missing over half of it because you were scrolling through your newsfeed or playing a game on your phone? If you are looking to cut back on the time you stare at that small screen, a first step could be to figure out how long you are currently on it. Apps such as Moment (iOS) or Quality Time™ (Android) help to not only track how long you are in specific apps but will also give you alerts when you have been on for a specific amount of time. You can customize the alerts to your goals and schedule.

 

Improve Cyber Security

There are many ways to improve your cyber security, but we have listed two main areas as a starting point: Password Management and Apps Management.

Manage your Passwords

Passwords are the lock and key to some of our most personal and sensitive information. Not only are we protecting financial information, but contacts and photos as well. If you are looking to better manage your passwords, work on changing them more frequently and always using unique passwords for different sites. We realize there are now passwords for everything and it becomes increasingly harder to remember all of them, especially if you change them often. Programs such as LastPass and KeePass work to remember your passwords, while also keeping them secure.

Manage your Apps

Do you have an app graveyard on your phone? Maybe you hit Candy Crush hard for a good two months then burnt out quick and haven’t played since. Or maybe you still have an app for that grocery store down the road from the apartment you lived in…three years ago. The kicker question is, have you still been keeping them updated or is that red bubble always above your App Store? You don’t use them, so why keep them updated? Well, all these things can actually leave you exposed to hackers gaining access to your information. But there is a simple solution; delete all those apps you aren’t using. Then taking it one step further and check your apps permissions for the ones you keep. For Apple users, go to Settings > Privacy and check what apps have access to things like your contacts, photos, and microphone.