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Is a Landline Telephone on your Summer Storm Safety Checklist?

The summer seems to just be heating up, and with that heat comes the risk of tornadoes here in the Midwest. Do you have a plan for when bad weather hits? Flashlight, check. Bottled water, check. Emergency blanket, check. Landline telephone, maybe not? You may be wondering why you would need a landline, when all the members of your family have cell phones. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. But with cell phones come batteries that need power to recharge. So if the power goes out, those cell phones might not work through the storm. Below Great Plains Communications has listed just a few advantages to having a landline telephone.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connection
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potentially faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Be careful of cordless phones, as they can lose power in a storm as well. Our recommendation would be to keep your family safe this season with a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way, you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection no matter what the crazy Midwest weather throws our way.

For more information on how you can get a landline telephone through Great Plains Communications, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representative would be happy to assist you.

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 at http://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.

Don’t Forget About Calling Features!

Most phones today come equipped with some form of voice mail and call waiting services. But Great Plains Communications doesn’t stop there. They offer a list of calling features available through their land line service, ranging from personal ring tones, to speed calling. We have highlighted just a few of the many options available:

Personal Ringing

Give up to three members of your family their own unique ring tones. One for mom, one for dad and one for the kids!

Call Forwarding

Know you are going to be on a trip? Forward all calls from your home phone to your cell phone so friends and family can reach you wherever you go.

Warm Line

This telephone line offers instant connection and protection. A warm line is a phone line that is set to dial one number simply my lifting the handset. It’s great for young kids who need a direct line to their parents or for the elderly in need of fast access to emergency services.

Want to see all the options provided by Great Plains Communications? Visit our calling features webpage now, or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to get set-up today.

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 at http://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.

The Importance of Landline Telephones this Winter

Gloves: check. Scarf: check. Hat: check. Landline telephone: check? Most people don’t think about a landline when thinking about weather safety precautions. You’re probably thinking, “Well I have my cell phone, why would I need a landline?” We don’t blame you. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. What most people don’t know is that cellular towers are not required to provide backup power. So, when we get hit with a Midwestern blizzard your cellphone may not work through a power outage. Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on just a few of the advantages to having a landline telephone.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connections and the guarantee it will work through a power outage
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potentially faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Remember, if the power isn’t working in your home, most likely neither are your cordless phones. Keep your family safe this season and make sure you have a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection, no matter what Old Man Winter throws our way.

For more information on how you can get a landline telephone, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would love to get you set up today.

Three compelling reasons to keep a landline

We understand, you probably love your cell phone.  In fact, more than half of people even take their cell phones to bed with them every night.  However, a cell phone is likely not enough to satisfy all of your technology needs when it comes to making and receiving phone calls.  This is particularly true in the many areas across the state where cellular towers provide spotty coverage, at best.

Keeping a landline phone can provide you significant benefits at a very low costs.

Landlines are safer: If you are providing sensitive information, such as your social security number or credit card data, it’s best to do it over a landline.  That’s because the frequencies used to transmit cellular calls are easy to hack and the risk is growing as thieves become more advanced.  A landline transmits your call over a wireline.  Much, much more secure.

Many home security systems also rely on landline technology to reach their technicians.  If you are looking at adding extra security to your home, a landline may be in order.

Landlines are consistent: When was the last time that you had to worry about your landline dropping a call?  Whether you are calling a customer service center with a long wait (obviously not us!), working from home, or just chatting with friends, a landline will provide a smooth call that you can truly enjoy.  If you use a wireless landline phone, then you also know the benefit of being able to walk around your home without worrying about dead zones in your home.

Less likely to miss calls: The option to turn your cell phone ringer on vibrate or silent is wonderful when you are at the movies or in a meeting.  However, that same technology means that you might miss a truly important call.  A traditional landline phone has a clear ringer that can be heard around the home, especially if you have more than one phone set up for the same number.

Whether your children are out for the night, your boss needs you on-call, or you are waiting to hear from your best friend across the country, you don’t have to worry about missing the call when you have a landline.

There are several more reasons to keep your landline and you can discover them in our next e-newsletter!  If you haven’t signed up for our monthly online newsletters, you can do so here.

Landlines, Cell Phones, and 911

 
Years after their debut, one of the biggest questions about cell phones remains whether they allow 911 operators to know your location when you call. WHO-TV out of Des Moines, Iowa takes a sharp look at landlines, cell phones and 911. The results of their investigation might surprise you.

The Story Behind the Be Together Campaign

Communication technology has long had a history of bringing people closer.  From couples who sent love letters over telegram to the first time a family shared an episode of the Lone Ranger on their black & white TV, these advancements have helped families and friends share their lives.

Today, it’s hard to deny that we live in a very connected world. High-Speed Internet means live video chats can happen between people who are an entire world apart and friends who haven’t spoken since high school can reconnect and find ways to share their now very different lives.  Anyone who has said goodbye to a favorite show surrounded by fellow fans can tell you the power of a shared experience.

Examples such as these are what spurred the “Be Together” campaign here at Great Plains Communications.  No matter where you, your friends or your family are, you can be together this holiday season.  So, if you’re calling your niece on the coast, watching your grandson’s first steps online or sharing “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” for the first time with your kids, just know it’s never been easier to “Be Together” even if you’re miles apart.

What are some of the ways that you stay connected to your friends and family across the country and the world?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Community Spotlight – Niobrara

Niobrara has the peculiar distinction of being one of the oldest and yet, newest towns in Nebraska.  That’s because the town has been moved not once, but twice due to changes in the coastline of the Missouri River.

For those who like hunting, Niobrara is home to Swanson Hunting Acres the largest controlled hunting area in Nebraska . There is also plenty of fishing on the 530f miles that make up the Niobrara River, which is home to more than 230 waterfalls and approximately 160 different plant and animal species.

The nearby Niobrara State Park is one of the most popular destinations for Nebraska campers.  The park boasts horseback riding, 14 miles of hiking trails, boating, and areas for fishing and swimming.  For those with an open-minded palate, the park also holds Buffalo Cookouts from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Do you have a favorite memory from Niobrara?  We would love to hear it in the comments section below!

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