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Lawmakers pressing Cuomo to release overdue report on rural cell service

Jul 21, 2021 5:45 am

Susan Arbetter is reporting for Capital Tonight a bipartisan group of upstate lawmakers are pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a long-awaited report on upstate cell service issues. The group is interested in the work of the Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which last met in September 2019. New York Assemblymember Billy Jones, of Plattsburgh, sits on the task force and was a signatory to a letter on the subject recently sent to the governor. “I was part of three meetings in Albany,” he said. “It was a good group of people. Good recommendations came out of it.” The task force was created by Cuomo to study the issue of rural cell service, which remains non-existent in some locations across upstate rural areas. The group's mission was to report on where pockets of inadequate cell service are, and to come up with a game plan to address the issue. But because of COVID-19, the report was never issued. “We are requesting from the governor some kind of report to come out. Recommendations or implementations of these recommendations so that we can get better cell service here in New York state in rural areas,” Jones explained. Empire State Development said in a statement that the report is in the final stages of review and is expected to be released “very shortly.” Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.