Task force aimed at improving rural cell service

ALBANY — A task force aimed at filling cellphone service gaps in rural areas of upstate New York held its first meeting this week.

The Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year and was created to develop possible solutions and policies to address the lack of cell service in some areas of the state.

Jeff Friedman, president and executive director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, said cellphone gaps are an issue.

“It’s a big problem across the county, and I know it’s one everybody from Sen. Gillibrand to Congressman Delgado to state and county officials have had conversations about to find ways to fill the gap in Greene County,” Friedman said.

“Even in places like Main Street in Catskill — if you have Verizon, you don’t have service,” he added. “It’s a big part of attracting people to live and open businesses here.”


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