U.S. officials ask AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G wireless over aviation safety concerns

This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Author of the article: Article content WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday asked AT&T and Verizon Communications to delay the planned Jan. 5 introduction of C-Band wireless service over aviation safety concerns.…
U.S. officials ask AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G wireless over aviation safety concerns

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday asked AT&T and Verizon Communications to delay the planned Jan. 5 introduction of C-Band wireless service over aviation safety concerns.

In a letter Friday seen by Reuters, Buttigieg and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson asked AT&T Chief Executive John Stankey and Verizon Chief Executive Hans Vestberg for a delay of no more than two weeks as part of a “proposal as a near-term solution for advancing the co-existence of 5G deployment in the C-Band and safe flight operations.”

The aviation industry and FAA have raised concerns about potential interference of 5G with sensitive aircraft electronics like radio altimeters that could disrupt flights. (Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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