Governor Cuomo Announces New Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force

September 10, 2019

Working Group to Develop Recommendations to Address Cell Service Gaps in Rural and Remote Parts of Upstate New York 

Task Force Holds First Meeting Today 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the new Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which will develop potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cell service in rural and remote parts of upstate New York. The task force, which the Governor originally proposed as part of the 2019 State of the State, will be administered by Empire State Development.

"Every New Yorker should be able to access a stable cell connection, yet our upstate regions have struggled for too long to make the connections that are vital to everyday life and commerce," Governor Cuomo said. "Today we're leading the way forward by establishing a task force of cellular service experts, elected representatives and environmental advocates who will develop concrete policies and help to ensure service is provided and infrastructure for it is built in a sustainable way."

"All New Yorkers should have reliable cellular service, and this new task force will work to find solutions to fill existing gaps," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Residents and businesses in upstate communities and rural areas still face challenges with cell service, and we want to make sure to address those issues once and for all. We are committed to modernizing 21st century infrastructure to expand coverage and strengthen the economy."

Read the full press release here.