Great Plains launches intelligent whole-home WiFi powered by Plume

Feb. 19, 2021
Using cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), advanced WiFi technology service analyzes residential Internet usage demands and allocates capacity.

Great Plains Communications (GPC), a Midwestern telecommunications provider operating an expanding, privately-owned 13,500-mile fiber network reaching 11 states, this week announced the rollout of its GPC Whole-Home WiFi service, powered by the Plume HomePass system. GPC says the platform is currently providing intuitive WiFi service without boundaries to the residential Southeastern Indiana market.

According to the companies, using cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the advanced WiFi technology service analyzes residential Internet usage demands and allocates capacity according to the number and types of devices to deliver the highest quality, and most consistent online wireless experience to every device in every corner of the home. Simple setup takes only minutes and the service is easily managed 24/7 through the user-friendly HomePass app.

“Over the past year, we have seen a dramatic shift in wireless bandwidth consumption,” comments Dave Junker, senior director of technical services at Great Plains Communications. "In addition to traditional online activities like web surfing and watching videos, families are simultaneously live-streaming, remote learning, working from home and using multiple smart home devices. With this surge of wireless activity, preventing ‘dead spots’ and coverage issues is critical. Poor wireless strength is not a reflection of the Internet service, but more likely a result of wireless device limitations. We are excited to introduce GPC Whole-Home WiFi service in partnership with Plume that will alleviate these issues, creating a faster, more secure, reliable and easy-to-understand user experience for our Indiana customers.”

“We’re thrilled to build on our relationship with Great Plains Communications and deploy our highly successful HomePass services suite to subscribers in Indiana,” adds Tyson Marian, chief commercial officer, Plume. “The massive shift in consumer behavior towards work-and school-from-home has brought an increasing need for high performing home networks. Together Plume and Great Plains Communications will bring subscribers new personalized and highly organized smart home experiences, starting with the foundation of fast, safe, secure and ubiquitous WiFi served throughout the entire home.”

The GPC Whole Home WiFi platform's highlight features, per the provider, include:

  • Adapt continuously learns and self-optimizes proactively to deliver greater speed and coverage throughout the home.
  • Control provides intuitive tools for personalization, allowing the user to set guest and child access controls (including age-appropriate content filters).
  • Speed test capabilities are built-in to easily monitor Internet speed and performance.
  • Guard provides best-in-class online security powered by AI that detects and protects in real time. The system halts suspicious activity, blocks ad and malware and quarantines any compromised devices.
  • Sense uses WiFi-connected devices to provide whole-home motion awareness in real time for peace of mind and among many use-cases, provides alerts if there is motion when a customer is out of the home.
  • Service includes two SuperPods and router, with additional pods available as needed depending on the size of the home.

To learn more about GPC Whole-Home WiFi from Great Plains Communications, visit www.gpcom.com/etczone

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