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National Do Not Call Registry

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What is it?

The National Do-Not-Call (DNC) registry gives you an opportunity to limit the telemarketing calls you receive. Once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you.

Why would I register my phone number with the National Do-Not-Call Registry?

The National DNC registry gives you an opportunity to limit the telemarketing calls you receive.

Can I register online?

Yes. You can register or verify that your number is on the registry online at www.donotcall.gov. The online registration process requires an active email address. If you register online, we will send you an email message with a link in it. You need to click on the link in the email within 72 hours to finalize your registration. If you do not have an email address, you can register by phone (1-888-382-1222 and for TTY access 1-866-290-4236).

How soon after I register will I notice a reduction in calls?

Telemarketers covered by the National DNC registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you.

What if I change my mind? Can I take my number off the National Do-Not-Call registry?

You can delete your phone number only by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number you want to delete. After you contact the registry to delete it, it will be removed from the DNC registry by the next day. But telemarketers have up to 31 days to access information about your deletion and add your number back to their call lists, if they choose to.

How long does my phone number stay registered?

Telephone numbers on the registry will only be removed when they are disconnected and reassigned, or when the consumer chooses to remove a number from the registry.

Investing in Rural America: $2500 FRS Scholarship Available

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In cooperation with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow’s economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of today’s youth.  As a member of NTCA, PTC customers qualify for multiple college scholarships. FRS awards a one-time $2,500 scholarships to students from rural America for their first year of college, university or vocational-technical school. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company. FRS funds $2,000 for each scholarship, and the sponsoring company awards the remaining $500.  Applications must be postmarked to FRS by March 1st and winners will be announced by May 1, 2019. Students must turn their applications into our office by February 20th. Go to frs.org to learn about additional college scholarships funded by various NTCA members ranging from $500 up to $7,000. The 2018 deadlines are approaching soon.

PTC Supports the Open Internet

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If you’ve paid attention to the news or social media over the past few months, you’ve no doubt heard about the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14th vote on Net Neutrality.  As we’ve seen an uptick in our customer’s curiosity over where PTC stands on this issue, we thought it important to make our plans known.

We will continue to operate as we did before Title II Internet regulations took effect two years ago, which is to say we do not practice any discrimination of any websites, streaming services or voice applications that may compete with any services we provide. We also do not throttle or block consumer access to any lawful Internet content that is consistent with our acceptable use policy.  We don’t speed up or slow down access to individual websites in exchange for compensation and we don’t share your personal Internet usage data with any third parties.

We will continue to invest in equipment and infrastructure in our communities in an effort to provide the best Internet experience possible for our customers.  We understand you may have been alarmed by some of the articles floating around about this topic and we want to assure you that we are not planning on changing any of our policies or plans on this topic.

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.