by Tashun Chism
The computer room on the second floor of the Lufkin City Hall is full of computer servers and is the center of all the internet activity in the City of Lufkin. What goes on here affects thousands of lives everyday.
Sid Munlin, Director of Information Technology for the City of Lufkin, said "We have a lot of servers that consolidate information. They push and pull it around. They keep the pulse of the city going."
City of Lufkin Information Technology Consultant Bill cameron told us, "The numbers of things that are supported by the city electronically has just grown at an amazing rate."
The City of Lufkin has gone from just two servers to more than 50 in the last 10 years.
"It lets us communicate with our offices in the field. It lets us communicate with our ambulances in the field. Even the electronic dispatching," said Munlin.
The quick communication the internet provides can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. It's also become so convenient for most people that they couldn't imagine life without it.
"It is such an important part of everybody's communication skeem that it's just worked it's way into the fabric of american life," said Cameron.
"If someone pulls up and they need their water bill. Back in the day we would have probably had to go into a file cabinet to look through and try to locate it. It may have been an ordeal of an hour or two. Now we can just pull it right up on the internetm," Munlin told us.