ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Cell phone service across Upstate New York can be spotty at times - we already know this.  That's why a new Cellular Coverage Task Force was created to help fill in the service gaps.

The group is made up of wireless experts, public safety officials, and lawmakers. The task force will develop potential solutions and policies to help address the lack of cell phone service -- especially in rural and remote parts of Upstate New York.

Lawmakers say the lack of reliable cell phone coverage undermines economic growth, and puts people at risk if they can't reach 911.

The task force was announced by Governor Cuomo and will be administered by Empire State Development.

The task force had their first meeting on Tuesday.