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United Way Days of Caring

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Community Market of Pottawatomie County

The Community Market of Pottawatomie County, located at 120 South Center in Shawnee, is a Food Resource Center that operates in cooperation with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to serve the people of Pottawatomie County and partner with other food pantries, community, civic, and faith-based organizations. The Community Market seeks to meet the overall health and wellness needs of a person’s spirit, soul and body. The market provides access to food with extended hours and days of operation, gives clients a choice when shopping, puts an emphasis on nutritional foods and provides additional resources to clients to improve family stability. On August 18th, PTC employees had the opportunity to serve at the market during the United Way Days of Caring.

     

PTC Employees employees had a blast at the United Way Days of Caring After School party at the Salvation Army in Shawnee on August 17th.

Lifeline Program for Low-Income Customers

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Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and internet and is available only to eligible consumers. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone and internet service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services.

Am I Eligible? There are two ways to qualify for the Lifeline Program (1) If your household’s income is at or below the federal poverty guidelines (2) If someone in your household participates in a federal program, you may be eligible for a Lifeline Program benefit.

One Benefit per Household You can only use Lifeline for either phone or internet, but not both. Only one Lifeline Program benefit (either wireless or landline telephone, home internet or a cell phone data plan) is allowed per household. The definition of a “household” is anyone living at an address (including children, relatives, people not related to you, etc.) who share income(s) and household expenses.

How to Apply To learn more about eligibility and apply for the benefit contact a Pottawatomie Telephone Company customer service representative at (800) 522-3221. You can also go to lifelinesupport.org for more information on eligible programs and acceptable forms of documentation.

Pottawatomie Telephone Company Scholarship Winners

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The PTC scholarship is awarded to applicants that demonstrate a commitment to academics, leadership, initiative and commitment, as well as, service to their community. Pottawatomie Telephone Company is proud of each recipient and their outstanding accomplishments throughout high school. The winners will receive $500 to be used toward their tuition at a two or four-year college.

The 2017 Pottawatomie Telephone Company Scholarship Winners Are…

Earlsboro High School: Evan Norton
Bowlegs High School: Naomi Edgell
Sasakwa High School: Dawson Taylor & Jakayla Weaver
Home School: Spencer Seeley

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Evan Norton, Earlsboro H.S.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

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For the 9th consecutive year, Pottawatomie Telephone Company employees proudly participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Tecumseh on May 12, 2017. The PTC team’s goal this year was to raise $8,000; thanks to donations from business associates, family, and friends PTC and our employees have now raised over $70,000 for cancer research, services, and programs through the American Cancer Society.

Ever Wonder About the Costs That Make Up Your Monthly Local TV Bill?

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Because we are a hometown business, we are invested in our community, our employee and our customers. With Network fees dramatically increasing and impacting your monthly bill, we wanted to help you better understand the economics of the TV business. All Satellite and Cable providers pay each Network owner (Programmer) a fee for every household that receives a particular Network – regardless of whether anyone in the household actually watches it.
  • These Network fees have increased dramatically at 3 ½ times the rate of inflation over the past 15 years.¹
  • Five media companies control 90% of the Networks, and while we work hard to keep these costs under control, they continue to use their power to demand more money.²
  • Programmers are securing long-term contracts with significant guaranteed Network fee increases, regardless of how many people watch.
(source: tvonmyside.com/pottawatomie; 1 SNL Kagan; 2 Ben Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly)

Dramatically Increasing Programming Costs vs PTC Price Increases

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In recent years, programmers, specifically sports and local broadcast channels have taken advantage of their popularity to demand extraordinary rate increases of the cable industry. Before 2017, PTC has worked hard to avoid rate increases by keeping our prices low. As you can see in the chart below, programming costs have risen 100% since 2007 while PTC has only had two increases in the past ten years.

New Essential TV Package Now Available

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Pottawatomie Telephone Company is changing our Digital cable TV by offering a new slimmed down lower cost TV package starting March 1, 2017. In response to rising programming costs and customers’ requests for smaller packages, we will begin offering a slimmed down package at a new rate of $25 per month. The new package will include local broadcast channels like NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox as well as some of your favorites like The Weather Channel, QVC, OETA Kids and The CW. Of course all of our other great channels will still be available in our Expanded TV package that still includes ESPN, Fox News, Disney, TBS and much more for $75 per month.