DRIVE Wireless Network

DRIVE is very pleased to announce that  portions of the expanded wireless network will be ready to serve customers very soon!

DRIVE Wireless Network
The DRIVE Wireless Broadband Network delivers reliable, high-speed internet to residences and businesses throughout the region.

How do I get Internet Service?

Internet Service is provided through private sector Internet Service Providers. Currently, service is available from:

Please contact the ISP directly to ask about plan options and availability at your location.

 

If you are interested in receiving service please contact Skypacket Networks directly at
(240) 580 2767 or info@skypacket.net.

How does the Network work?

The DRIVE network is based on terrestrial fixed wireless technology, linking your residence or business to a microwave radio on a nearby tower or other elevated distribution point.

How did the network start?

The DRIVE network began in 2018 as a pilot project in Montour County to develop an affordable broadband solution for underserved portions of the region, especially rural areas. The pilot network was funded by a loan from Geisinger and has grown into a fully functional network.

The network has since been expanded to serve customers in portions of Columbia, Snyder, Union, and Northumberland counties, supporting residential, business, and government customers.

How did the expansion effort happen?

The Commissioners of DRIVE’s five member-counties provided CARES Act funding to support the expansion of reliable broadband service across portions of the region. DRIVE’s network expansion provides significant growth in broadband coverage across underserved portions of our counties.

Is service available in my area?

To find out if service is available at your location, please contact the ISP directly. They will verify coverage availability and answer your questions!

About the Network

Led by DRIVE, the network provides the necessary infrastructure to easily and economically distribute internet service throughout the Montour County region. Geisinger partnered with DRIVE to fund the startup of the pilot project through an interest-free loan.

The network operates through a public-private partnership where DRIVE maintains and operates the network infrastructure and private ISPs serve customers through the DRIVE network.  Upon completion, the network will cover parts of Montour, Columbia, Snyder, Union, and Northumberland. counties.

  • The Network is fed by a fiber optic internet backbone
  • The Network uses wireless line-of-sight and non line-of-sight technology to connect network infrastructure (tower locations) to customer locations
  • The DRIVE Network will be monitored 24/7 to ensure network reliability

Please see DRIVE Network Legal Notices for complete terms and conditions.