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A Donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Great Plains Chapter

From left to right: Tom Timmerman, John Scott, Dave Nelson, Dick Helvey, Chris Crews, Randy Squier, Mark Linquist, and Seth Kotouc

We are excited to announce that due to the overwhelming outpouring of support through social media, Great Plains Communications will be donating $1,000 to the Great Plains Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in addition to the 25 Amazon Fire tablets!

Veteran, Dave Nelson with one of the 25 tablets donated to Great Plains PVA

Veteran, Dave Nelson with one of the 25 tablets donated to Great Plains PVA

Great Plains PVA is a non-profit organization that has dedicated over 46 years to helping paralyzed veterans and their families, as well as other children and adults with disabilities. They have their hand in advocating for solutions that afford equal opportunities for paralyzed veterans and other citizens living with disabilities, as well as effective healthcare for veterans living with a spinal cord injury or disease. Along with being a voice in legislation, Great Plains PVA is on the ground helping provide necessary resources such as handicapped accessible apartment complexes located across Nebraska as well as the one-of-a-kind Great Plains PVA Adapted Health & Fitness Center with individualized training programs.

Veteran, Dave Nelson shares his tattoo

Veteran, Dave Nelson shares his tattoo

We are honored to be able to support such an impactful and incredible organization. If you would like to learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America Great Plains Chapter or how you can give, visit their website at

Get Fit in 2017 with the Nebraska 150 Challenge

It’s 2017 and for many that means New Year’s Resolutions. If you are one that’s trying to get fit for the New Year, find support in our great state of Nebraska. This March, Nebraska is celebrating 150 years of statehood and as part of this milestone, the Nebraska Sports Council, in partnership with the Celebrating Statehood Board and Staff, have launched a year-long web-based wellness challenge called NE 150 Challenge.

The NE 150 Challenge is free for individuals and offers motivation for achieving and tracking physical activity minutes, such as walking, running, and biking. This challenge presents a great opportunity for our state to rally around wellness.

To start tracking your activities, you must first register for an account. To register and find more information on the NE 150 Challenge, go to

Huskers Throwback Thursday

It was November 27, 1890 and Nebraska state university had just defeated a team representing the Omaha YMCA. With a 35-minute first half and 43-minute second half, Nebraska’s football tradition began. As our team prepares for their game against Illinois this Saturday, Great Plains Communications would like to do a throwback to where it all started.

With their first official coach hired in 1893, it wasn’t until 1891 that Nebraska played a team from outside the state. We took a loss of 22-0 to Iowa. It was our first victory to an out-of-state opponent that brings us to our throwback, as we found a win against Illinois at Lincoln in 1892, scoring 6-0.

Picture provided by

Picture provided by

The two teams will once again meet in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, and as the game has adapted and grown since 1891, so has Husker Nation. You can watch all the action this Saturday, October 1 at 2:30PM CT on ESPN2. GO BIG RED!


Babcock, By Mike. “History of Nebraska Football.” NU Athletic Communications, 04 June 2015. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.

Take a Trip Around Nebraska this Summer!

There is still time to travel this summer! But maybe you don’t want to take on the expenses of flying, well you don’t have to. With the 2016 Nebraska Passport Program, you will discover new things our beautiful state has to offer in each of the 80 stops. The program runs from May 1 through September 30, 2016 and you have multiple options for getting started. To request your passport booklet, you can either pick one up from one of the 80 official destinations, receive it by mail, call 402.471.3796, or send your name and mailing address to There’s even an app you can download!

So what exactly is the 2016 Nebraska Passport Program?

It is a way for people to not only see new parts of the state of Nebraska, but interact with the communities they visit. As stated on the Nebraska Passport website, “Nebraska Passport tours this year highlight the 100th Anniversary of our National Park System, the unique farm to table culinary movement that exists in our state, incredible small businesses, and lofty heights.” Just a few of the exciting stops on the 2016 map include:

Bean Broker 2nd Street Coffee House & Pub in Chadron, NE – Rise ‘N Shine Tour

Custer County Museum in Broken Bow, NE – Where Art Thou Tour

Eat Restaurant in Dodge, NE – Order Up Tour

Country Junction Antiques in Neligh, NE – Prairie Treasure


These are just a few of the 80 locations across the state, with many more in Great Plains Communications communities. Check if one is in your area, for a great starting point to your trip. The more stamps you collect, the bigger the prize your family could win. For a list of the prizes and additional information, visit their website There is still time this summer to get out and enjoy the amazing state we live in, have fun and get going!

Interview with the State of Nebraska’s CIO, Ed Toner

Great Plains Communications is proud to have had to chance to talk with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Nebraska, Ed Toner and talk about how he is working to leverage technology in innovative ways to benefit the people of Nebraska. He is particularly passionate about bringing higher Internet speeds to the state’s small towns.

Q: Why is it so important to extend broadband to Nebraska’s rural communities?

A: I really feel for small towns. Nebraska is essentially a rural state, with just a couple of high-population cities. For small towns in rural Nebraska, high-speed Internet is critical to their growth and prosperity. Broadband positively impacts employment and economic growth. It also makes a huge difference in the quality of life and viability of a community.

While some type of broadband is now available to nearly all Nebraskans, this access alone isn’t sufficient. More than 20 percent of our state’s residents are only able to access download speeds of 25 Mbps or less. This is not fast enough for many applications such as video streaming. There remains a big gap between our small rural communities and big cities. About 90 percent of people in Lincoln and Omaha can get broadband above 25 Mbps.

Another important reason why rural communities need higher Internet speeds is the demand for telehealth programs. In more rural areas of Nebraska, residents can’t just drive to see a certain specialist since there isn’t one in their area. They need access to teleconferences with doctors, but often can’t take advantage of this technology due to insufficient Internet speeds.

Q: How does your background growing up in a rural Texas community impact your advocacy for broadband in Nebraska? 

A: I grew up in Belton, Texas. It was a small town when I lived there, but has since grown. When I was in high school, there weren’t any physics or calculus classes offered, which put me at a huge disadvantage when I started college. But today, with sufficient broadband, students in rural areas can benefit greatly from access to online courses that aren’t available to them locally. I wish I’d had the option of online education in my youth.

Partly due to my experience, I’m passionate about the fact that the Internet is the great equalizer. It brings many valuable opportunities to small rural communities. I know people who live in small towns and are telecommuters for large companies located elsewhere. This arrangement allows them to still live and work in a small town and contribute economically to that community.

Q: How does Nebraska stack up to other areas of the country in terms of the advancement of broadband?

A: Nebraska has done an outstanding job of reaching out to its small communities with affordable broadband. Nebraska also has the lowest commodity Internet rates in the country. Much credit for these accomplishments goes to Network Nebraska, which is a collaborative statewide networking effort under the auspices of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. Through consolidation, Network Nebraska is able to provide a scalable, reliable and affordable infrastructure capable of carrying a spectrum of services and applications. Its members include 99.6 percent of K-12 public school districts and 100 percent of the University of Nebraska and other state, community and tribal colleges.

Q: How do you view the contributions made by Great Plains Communications toward expanding Nebraska’s broadband?

A: I’m really pleased that Great Plains Communications is targeting the areas I hold dear — rural communities. Great Plains Communications bids on areas that are underserved with broadband and provides them with reasonable rates. While Lincoln and Omaha have plenty of Internet competition, that’s not always the case elsewhere in the state. Great Plains Communications is willing to serve the areas that need broadband the most, reaching out more than other companies.

Q: What do you appreciate most about the Great Plains Communications services used by the State of Nebraska?

A: I appreciate their excellent quality of service. Great Plains Communications provides a variety of services to the State of Nebraska including phone, Internet and Managed Ethernet for different offices around the State as well as large, statewide networks that connect locations back to the State’s Data Centers in Scottsbluff, Grand Island and Omaha. When we do have issues, the partnership between my team and the Great Plains Communications team is good. We always get fast responses from Great Plains Communications and they’re easy to work with. They understand our concerns and address them promptly.

It’s Husker Football Season!

The countdown is ticking by on the Big Ten Network’s website. We are only hours away from the season we have all been waiting for; football season. It’s a time full of pride filled colors, tailgating and friendly competition. Husker Nation will stand strong this Saturday, September 5 to watch the Huskers take on Brigham Young University at 2:30 PM on ABC. It’s a new year and a fresh team. Great Plains Communications is excited to see what this year has to bring for the Huskers and we hope everyone enjoys the game this weekend.

If you have any questions over your Great Plains Communications services as you are gearing up for the game, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you. In recognition of the holiday, Great Plains Communications will be closed Monday, September 7. For emergency service outages, you may call 1-888-343-8014, Option 1.

Go Big Red!

Get Ready for the 2012 Olympics

Do you love the Olympics?  No?  Then this post may not be for you.  However, if you enjoy watching the greatest athletes come together and make their stand to be the best of the best, then keep reading.

The Summer Olympics make its triumphant return in July and you can already start getting your fix.  Universal has full explanations of each sport, great for explaining trampolining as an Olympic sport, and are rolling out videos to get fans prepped for the games.

Did you know that the Olympic games have a Nebraska connection?  The U.S. Swim trials will be held in Omaha for the second time in a row.  It’s the first time a city has received the trials back-to-back!  The US figure skating championships will also be held in Nebraska later this year.

*The Olympics will be televised as a mix of live events and tape delay.

The Nebraska Take on Super Bowl XLVI

Sure there are a lot (and by that we mean millions) of articles about the Super Bowl already out there.  But who else is going to post from a purely Nebraskan perspective?

With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about the big game

1.    31

That’s the number of Huskers currently playing in the NFL.  There were 9 Nebraska Alums in the playoffs.  There have been 50 Husker players in Super Bowl games with a total of 66 appearances and the Huskers have made a showing in 17 of the last 18 Championship games.  Want to see even more cool stats?  Click here.

2.  Prince Amukamara

It’s the rare player who starts in a Super Bowl in their rookie year.  Though, calling Prince Amukamara a rare player is sort of like calling last year’s “The Force” commercial, just good.  During his time with the Cornhuskers, he was a first team All-American and the 2010 Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year. His highlights are too numerous to mention, but you can find the best of them here.

3.  Danny Woodhead

Another rare occurrence?  A player from a Division II team starting in the Super Bowl, but that’s just what Chadron State College alum Danny Woodhead will be doing on Sunday.  Danny was one of the best Chadron State College has ever seen and we know the Eagles will be cheering loudly on Game Day.

Do you have any great game day plans?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Champions of Nebraska Public Schools

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, we’re very dedicated to supporting the students and schools in the communities we serve.  We’ve helped schools start businesses, create aquaponics labs, and develop iPad centers.  It’s amazing what these schools develop and we love helping them achieve their goals!

We’re not alone in our passion for Nebraska education, either.  One of the best champions for Nebraska schools is a program titled “NE Loves PS” (public schools), which showcases some of the best scholastic programs from around the state.  One of our very own schools, Arnold High School, was spotlighted last year for their student-run sign making business.  It’s a great program that we love supporting.  They even made our float!

Don’t miss out on your school’s chance to earn a Great Plains Communications grant!  Download our application form, today.


Congrats to our Marketing Team!

Congratulations to our Marketing Department!  From online to print and B2B to community relations, the accolades came pouring in 2011.

For the second year in a row, we received recognition from the Nebraska chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Two programs were recognized.   The “All Aboard” CRC training program received an Award of Merit in the internal communications category. The grants and scholarships programs also received an Award of Merit in the community relations category.

The Marketing Department also received several MarCom awards from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals.  It was the first time that the company has submitted its work for consideration.  Platinum awards were given for the Centennial Anniversary book and the “do the BUNDLE” video contest.  Gold winners included the entire “do the BUNDLE” campaign, our recent website redesign,  and the GPC-FLASH blog.

We’re very proud of all of the hard work they do to help keep both our customers and employees informed and interested.

Great job, guys!

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