Lackawanna County Wireless Initiative Project Groundbreaking

A new day in communication technology and accessibility in Lackawanna County has arrived.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners held a groundbreaking and radio signing this morning (July 30) for their multimillion dollar Wireless Initiative Project.

Officials from the State, County, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland School District, Conxx Smart Technologies and other invited guests attended the ceremony on the Linden Street side of Courthouse Square.

“Today marks the beginning of the future of advanced technology in Lackawanna County,” said Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “Our vision of creating a network that would not only improve the infrastructure of Lackawanna County, but also establish a network that could benefit the entire community has come to fruition. Our project will create a countywide carrier-grade, multi-service wireless network that we expect will benefit our entire region for many years to come.”

“This project is about improving Lackawanna County’s overall network infrastructure, increasing network sustainability and stability, and improving public safety by adding networking abilities that are not currently available,” explained Commissioner Jim Wansacz. We will also help local businesses, schools, the medical community, and the taxpayers of Lackawanna County save money and live safer.”

“This is a great project because we are involving multiple partners,” said Commissioner Patrick O’Malley. “The efficiencies of this new technology will have a positive impact on our County. This will also create revenue opportunities for the local economy.”

“The carrier-grade wireless network will focus on enhancing public safety and government efficiency and create economic development opportunities for the business and medical community sectors,” said the County’s Chief Information Officer Jeffrey Mando.

The base ring, which consists of a carrier-grade, multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) wireless microwave network with radios, will utilize ten strategic locations throughout the County, including Lakeland High School.

When completed, Lackawanna County will have extensive wireless coverage across the entire County with unlimited options and possibilities for moving forward.