AT&T And Verizon To Delay 5G Wireless Plans Per Government Request

By The Thornical Press Business Staff

January 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — According to reports, AT&T and Verizon have agreed to hold off implementing a 5G network per a request from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Buttigieg and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson requested the delay of the rollout of C-Band 5G services across the U.S. over fears that it would impact airline traffic.  According to a letter dated December 31, 2021 federal officials have concern over “widespread and unacceptable disruption as airplanes divert to other cities or flights are canceled, causing ripple effects throughout the U.S. air transportation system.” 

According to reports, AT&T and Verizon were going to proceed with the 5G implementation or take legal action if the federal government moved to block the rollout.  However, both companies changed course and announced they are willing to observe the government request.

“The FAA thanks AT&T and Verizon for agreeing to a voluntary delay and for their proposed mitigations. We look forward to using the additional time and space to reduce flight disruptions associated with this 5G deployment.” according to FAA spokesman Maria Njoku.

According to a 2020 government report, 5G level transmissions on the C-band spectrum could interfere with radio altimeters, which are on board nearly all aircraft in the United States. The radio altimeter provides aircraft with precise altitude readings while landing at airports.

The agreement reached between the government and the two telecom companies is to delay the implementation of 5G technology till January 19 and reduce 5G signal power at towers near 50 U.S. airports. 

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