"Before there was no connection between the city and the county," said Scott Woitas, engineering technician for the city.
The joint effort helps cut back on duplication of services like hardware, software and hours spent by personnel, which will also continue to save money.
Additional funding was received from homeland security to make final connections between the city hall and new government center.The money will also be used to create backup locations for the city through the county network and for the county through the city network."So if a building became inaccessible, you'd be able to operate from somewhere else," Woitas
said.The city hall or government center would temporarily be used until another network could be set up.
The entire service has sped up since the old system used copper wire which is slower than optical fiber, which is made out of strands of glass.Optical fiber can also transmit more information than copper wire.
"Now it takes seconds versus minutes," Woitas