Eric Reeves, FPU's director of Telecommunication Services, said: "Internet continues to be FPU's most popular service; it brings the world to rural Tennessee. With SIPV, we can easily expand to deliver a 1 Gbps Internet service in the near future. A complementary benefit of SIPV is the ability to support both digital simulcast of the analog tier of channels and create room for the expansion of HD digital services. Through a single upgrade, we both preserve and modernize the video services we deliver, and are able to avoid the onerous expense to say nothing of the problematic customer disruption of analog reclamation."
Adara's SIPV is designed to switch the programs into network service groups only when they are requested, rather than wasting bandwidth by broadcasting all channels, to all set-top boxes, all the time. SIPV is intended to free up to 80% or more of an operator's video bandwidth to be re-allocated to DOCSIS-based Internet services.
FPU offers cable TV, Internet and VoIP services in addition to providing electric, natural gas, and water and sewer services to more than 20,000 customers in and around Lincoln County, TN. Its cable business has nearly 40,000 revenue generating units (RGUs).