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Extra Time for your #GPCSummerSelfie

School has started and the days are getting just a little bit shorter already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the little bit of summer that’s left. There’s still time to get one more camping trip in, roast one more marshmallow, or head to the lake to catch one more fish.

Great Plains Communications encourages you to extend your summer by extending the deadline on our #GPCSummerSelfie Contest to Friday, September 4. This is your last chance to show us how you summer by posting your best summer selfie. You could win a $250 Visa gift card and a selfie stick.

Here’s how to enter:

Follow us on Instagram @greatplains_comm

Allow @greatplains_comm to follow you on Instagram

Take a selfie showing what you enjoy most about summer

Tag @greatplains_comm in the photo and don’t forget #GPCSummerSelfie in your caption

OR post your selfie on our Facebook page

Extend your summer and show us your best selfie! There’s still time.

2015 GPC Summer Selfie Contest

Great Plains Communications is proud to announce we have arrived on Instagram! To help kick off our new social site, we want to share our excitement with you through our 2015 #GPCSummerSelfie Contest. Do you selfie with your dog? A cup of coffee? Or do you selfie with friends out for girls’ night? The Internet has been submerged in the ways of the selfie, and we want you to take that selfie and turn it summer for a chance to win $250 and a selfie stick from Great Plains Communications. Show us how you summer, if that means through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it doesn’t matter as long as you tag us with our social tags listed below and don’t forget to include #GPCSummerSelfie in your caption.

Facebook: Great Plains Communications                         Twitter: GPC_Updates

Instagram: GreatPlains_Comm

Another way we are sharing our excitement is at the Red Willow County Fair in McCook, starting tomorrow July 22 through Sunday, July 26. We will be there ready to share information about our lowest prices on our fastest speeds coming to the area in August, accompanied by classic games like Plinko. You can even have a chance to win an HD TV at our booth.

So, no matter if you decide to take a shot at our Plinko board or show us how you summer through a #GPCSummerSelfie, just don’t forget to take part in the fun we have going this summer and a chance to win some big prizes.

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

We are officially in the Dog Days of summer, which means high temperatures and lack of ideas in keeping the kids busy. Though Great Plains Communications is a strong supporter and provider of telecommunications services, we believe it is important for children to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. We have come together with a few of our cable networks to provide some fun activities to keep in mind throughout these hot summer days.


Disney Channel – Throw a Disney Princess Party

Your little girl have a birthday this summer? Throw a Disney princess party with cupcakes and handmade decorations. Letting the kids create the decorations gives them satisfaction in seeing it all come together and a fun goodie to take home.

HGTV – Tie-Dye Bed Sheets

This is a great way to get the kids outside but it doesn’t take too long, in case the temperatures start to rise. Grab some white bed sheets and some dye and you have a fun and colorful activity.

Food Network – Get in the Kitchen

Some days it is just too hot to go outside. No problem, stay cool and get them cooking. There are a lot of things kids can do in the kitchen and they love to help out, especially if it means getting their hands a little dirty.

2015 Summer Series Premieres

Some days the summer heat seems just too hot and sitting on your couch with a Popsicle and a good show sounds too good to pass up. Here are some of Great Plains Communications’ favorite programs that have recently premiered. Beware of laughter, love triangles and sharks.

Shark Week: Discovery, July 5-12

Chasing Life: ABC Family, July 6

Hollywood Game Night: NBC, July 7, 2015

Let us know what you are watching this summer!

2015 Summer Parade Schedule

Chatty, the Great Plains Communications Squirrel had a great time going to different communities around Nebraska last summer and is excited to make even more friends this parade season! Chatty will be available to take pictures, give high-fives and hand out fun green and blue Frisbees. Here is a list of our upcoming events:

  • Saturday, June 13, 2015: Gateway to the West Days in Blair, NE
  • Sunday, June 14, 2015: Q 125 Celebration Parade in Snyder, NE – Chatty will be here!
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015: 125th Year Celebration in Bloomfield, NE
  •  Saturday, June 27, 2015: Pioneer Picnic Parade in Callaway, NE – Chatty will be here!
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015: Fur Trade Days in Chadron, NE
  • Monday, July 27, 2015: Custer County Bull Riding Classic in Broken Bow, NE
  • Saturday, August 1, 2015: Red Cloud Street Car Days – Chatty will be here!
  • Thursday, August 6, 2015: Thayer County Fair in Deshler, NE – Chatty will be here!
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015: Knox County Fair; Sponsor of the Bull-A-Rama in Bloomfield, NE
  • Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15, 2015: Sponsor of the Chase County Fair Concert Series and Parade – Chatty will be here!
  • Saturday, September 26, 2015: Heritage Days Parade in McCook, NE – Chatty will be there!

So, if you are in the area for any of these events keep an eye out for Chatty, the Great Plains Communications Squirrel and come give a high-five or a friendly hug. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on our Facebook page!

Parental Controls for Summer

School’s out for the summer! That means pool parties, family vacations and restless children. Keep your family protected this summer with parental controls. While Great Plains Communications knows that no system can take the place of monitoring what media your kids consume, parental controls can make it a lot easier. This is an easy way to make sure that kids aren’t exposed to mature programming, or even the titles. When a program or channel is blocked, the user must enter a 4-digit pin to access the channel. That way, you can still enjoy all programming, but in a secure way.

These controls are set up through your DVR and are very user friendly. Blocks can be set by channel, rating, or even specific show titles. You have the control.

Here are the steps to setting up parental controls:

–          Press the Menu key on your remote

–          Select the Home Icon

–          Select Setup

–          Then select Locks Setup

  • Once you are in the Locks Setup screen, you will be asked to choose a 4-digit pin
  • After your pin has been selected, you will be given the following options:
    • TV Rating – Blocking by TV Rating. *Note that you must block every rating you wish to control. This means if you block an R rating, you will also need to block “adult” programming.
    • Movie Rating – This only affects movie channels such as STARZ, Cinemax and HBO.
    • Channel Locks – This will allow you to block specific channels.
    • Master Lock – Allows you to remove locks, bypass a lock or change your pin.
    • Adult Titles – This removes titles from adult video programs. The guide will only display the words “adult movie.”

Just a few steps, and you can ensure your family’s safe viewing habits and do away with the stress of worrying this summer. Remember, your pin is exclusive to you. Great Plains Communications does not keep a record of your entry. If you do forget your pin, we can reset your settings, but you would have to reprogram your preferences. Therefore, we suggest keeping a record of your number in a safe place in case you forget it.

If you have any additional questions about the parental controls, contact our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

New Summer Programs We Can’t Wait to Watch

There are dozens of new shows coming out this summer.  Here are our top picks!

Breaking In

Christian Slater is back in a brand-new kind of office comedy.  He leads a group of quirky geniuses who work at a security firm hired to “break-in” and expose security weaknesses before the real bad guys get there.

Airs on FOX – Wednesday 9:30/8:30 c

Premiers April 6th

Human Planet

From the makers of Planet Earth and Life, comes a six-part series about human ingenuity when dealing with some of the harshest climates on the planet.  Each episode is tied to a different climate including jungles, desserts and Arctic rivers.

Airs on Discovery – Sundays 8:00/7:00 c

Premiers April 10th

The Voice

NBC’s brand new take on the now classic singing competition.  Celebrity songsters including Christina Aguilera, Mark McGrath, and country’s Blake Shelton each star as coaches to a lucky singer.  The twist is that contestants are picked based solely on their voice.

Airs on NBC – Tuesday 9:00/8:00 c

Premieres April 26th

Falling Skies

Spielberg comes to the small screen with this alien action thriller that also marks the return of Noah Wiley (DR. Carter from ER!).  With a grittier feel than many other alien-based dramas currently on TV and Dreamworks TV producing, this looks to be one of summer’s breakout hits.  Chalk up another great series for TNT.

Airs on TNT – Sundays 9:00/8:00 c

Premiers June 19th

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