In 2015, the state of New York made broadband expansion a priority. While that project is still ongoing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sights are now on cell service. Cuomo outlined the cell service proposal Wednesday in his State of the State address, reported the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “We are already bringing the internet to every corner of this state. Now, we must bring 100 percent cell service to every corner of our great state,” said Cuomo.
“Reliable cellular service is critical in order to have access to information, public safety and economic growth,” he added.
Cuomo’s new plan includes appointing a project director from Empire State Development, New York’s economic development hub. That person will begin by focusing on 1,950 miles of major roads across the state that don’t have reliable cell service. These roads include interstates, federal and state highways and major connectors in heavy tourist areas.
In response, CTIA SVP External & State Affairs Jamie Hastings said the association is, “encouraged by the Governor’s comments in his State of the State about wireless network deployment. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature on this important initiative.”