VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- In the ever evolving realm of technology, the city of Virginia Beach is moving forward in adapting technology to bring high speed internet more accessible around town.

"We're going to be one of the most connected cities in the world," said City Councilman Ben Davenport.

Since early this year, the city has been working on a widespread high-speed internet program that is expected to make the city a standout.

One Component is the Next Generation Network. It would connect municipal services, fire departments, and libraries. It’s with the overall benefit of helping citizens, Davenport said.

"We are going to be capable of running speeds a thousand times faster than we were a year ago. Anywhere from one gig to one hundred gigs," said Davenport.

Monday, the city council was updated on the $4.1 million Next Generation Network.
Out of five stages, including construction components, three are completed.

"Over the next thirty years, we're going to be saving approximately 531,000 dollars a year. Just with the tree stages that we've implemented so far. The savings will be even greater once we get stages four and five in."

Councilman Ben Davenport sit part the savings comes from the city owning its own fiber network and not leasing from Cox.

Next Generation being part of a bigger program that includes a transoceanic cable that will connect to the city from overseas.

“I think it’s important for people to know that not only are we taking this seriously, but we’re out in front of the curve. We’re becoming a model for all of the communities to follow.

The Next Generation Network is expected to be up and running in March 2017.