FPU's youth board learns about telecom operations

Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Student Utility Board (SUB) recently learned about the utility’s Telecommunications Department and the services it offers.

The day was led by Eric Reeves, FPU’s Telecom Supervisor/Technician, as he gave an overview of how FPU entered the telecom business and how FPU’s services have changed over the years.

SUB members toured the FPU headend building that houses the cable TV receivers and serves as our fiber optic “nerve center.” The group also watched as Reeves showed them how fiber is spliced during a new install using the fiber fusion splicer. Under Reeves’ supervision, some of the youth board had the opportunity to splice fiber themselves and learn what a delicate operation it is to maintain reliable cable, Internet and phone service.

“This was a great learning experience,” says James Keith, SUB member. “I learned a lot about FPU’s cable TV and Internet services. Before today, I had no idea how any of this worked.”

“I was amazed to see how small the fiber wire is,” said Devon Balsama.

“I enjoyed splicing the fiber,” says Seth Finch. “I also liked seeing how all this technology has grown over the years.”

February’s SUB meeting is a continuation of the Telecom Department as it focuses on FPU’s Channel 6 and how it is used as a local, public access cable channel. SUB members will be interviewed as guests for Channel 6 programming and will produce a TV commercial which will air on the local channel and FPU’s cross-channel advertising networks – ESPN 1, ESPN 2, HGTV, Fox News and TNT.

In the following months, FPU’s Student Utility Board will visit with employees of the natural gas and electric departments.

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SUB splicing fiber







In the photos are FPU's youth board as they tour the FPU headend building and learn how to splice fiber.