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16th Annual PTC School Supply Mania

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Pottawatomie Telephone Company and our employees are proud to celebrate our 16th Annual School Supply Mania event. We are so happy to have the opportunity to donate a total of approximately $3500 in school supplies each year to Earlsboro, Bowlegs, and Sasakwa schools.   Giving back to our local schools has always been a top priority of our company and this is one of favorite events of the year. Not only do we love helping the children but it’s our chance to say thanks to the administrators and teachers that work tirelessly throughout the year to educate and lead the kids throughout the year.   Be sure to check with you child’s school to verify which supplies you’ll need to purchase in addition to what we have donated and have a wonderful school year!  

Sasakwa 2017

Bowlegs 2017

Earlsboro 2017

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.

Unlock Smart Living

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August Doorbell Camera & Smart Lock

With the August Doorbell Cam your smart home’s IQ goes way up. Always know who’s at the front door, even when you’re not home. August allows you to easily see and speak with visitors using your smartphone, tablet, Amazon Echo or Google Assistant. Get alerts every time the bell is rung and see and speak with visitors using your smartphone from wherever you are. The August Doorbell Cam detects motion from visitors, identifying people at your door, even if they don’t ring the bell, and sends you an instant alert to your smartphone.

The best part of the August Doorbell Cam is that installation is easy and can be done in no time at all. The doorbell cam connects to your existing analog wired doorbell and uses existing house current (16-24v). Once installed all you have to do is connect the camera to your PTC Wi-Fi network and you are all set.

Want to not only see and speak to your visitors while away? Just add the August Smart Lock to your front door as well and you’ll be able to use your smartphone as your key and keep track of who comes and goes. Like the August Doorbell Cam, installation is easy because your exterior door hardware stays exactly the same and the August Smart Lock simply replaces only the interior side of your standard deadbolt.

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.

School Supply Mania 2017

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Pottawatomie Telephone Company and our employees are proud to celebrate our 15th annual School Supply Mania. This marks the 15th time we have contributed school supplies to Earlsboro, Bowlegs, and Sasakwa Public Schools. Our company places a high priority on giving back to the community and this is one of our favorite ways to do that. We believe we have the competition beat when it comes to giving back to the community. Our company will be donating approximately $5,000 in supplies. Be sure to check with your child’s school to verify what supplies your children will need. From all of us at Pottawatomie Telephone Company we would like to say thank you to the administrators and teachers at our local schools who are dedicated to educating the next leaders of our communities.

Is Your Home Smart? — iRobot Roomba

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iRobot Roomba 690 | Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum

Connect to CLEAN from anywhere with the Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot. The revolutionary Patented 3-stage Cleaning System with Edge-Sweeping brush is specially engineered to loosen, lift, and suction dirt and debris from all floor types. Dirt Direct uses acoustic sensors to alert the Roomba vacuuming robot to clean more thoroughly on concentrated areas of dirt.

You can pre-set the Roomba 690 to clean every day, at a time that works best for your schedule. The iRobot Home App conveniently lets you set up your vacuum on a schedule.

The Roomba vacuuming robot is always ready to clean because it automatically returns to its Home Base charging station between cleaning to recharge. Roomba is the most affordable vacuuming robot with Wi-Fi connected apps. Get the Roomba at irobot.com or at amazon.com for around $374.99.

July Channel Lineup Changes

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On the week of July 10th, PTC will be removing a channel from our HD channel lineup.
Universal HD (ch 1120)
NBC Universal has announced that they will cease distribution of Universal HD the week of July 10th. We are disappointed in this announcement and will take the channel off line during that week. We appreciate your patronage and hope that you will continue to enjoy the many other channels available such as AMC, Discovery, Fox Movie Channel, and others.

Is Your Home Smart?

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Ecobee3 Thermostat

The smarter Ecobee3 wi-fi thermostat has the potential to reduce your heating and cooling costs by an average of 23% a year. The Follow Me feature uses room sensors to know which room you’re in and automatically adjust to your preferred temperature. Smart Home/Away ensures you’re comfortable while you’re at home and saving money when you’re not. Adjust temperature and comfort settings easily from your Android and iOS devices, including Apple Watch and Amazon Echo. Free Energy Reports give you insights on how much you’ve saved based on run times and o er tips for further savings. Getting started is simple as the Ecobee3 is compatible with most residential heating and cooling systems and easy to install. Available at amazon.com or ecobee.com for around $189.00.

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.