Source: B.N. Frank
American opposition to 5G technology has been ongoing for years due to various significant safety risks associated with the controversial technology. Last month, AT&T and Verizon had agreed to delay additional deployment until January 5 due to warnings about aviation safety risks (see 1, 2). Airlines, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), and transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg asked for more time but the telecoms rejected their request. They have agreed to “alter” their plans for 6 months though.
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FAA Asks Verizon and AT&T to Delay Mid-Band 5G Near ‘Priority’ Airports
The administration fears that C-band would interfere with altimeters. But AT&T and Verizon say they’ll only agree to ‘alter’ their plans for six months, not halt them entirely.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has asked Verizon and AT&T to delay the introduction of C-band service, which promises to offer 5G experiences that are noticeably better than 4G, around “priority airports” due to ongoing concerns about the potential impact on altimeters.