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U.S. Officials ask AT&T and Verizon to halt 5G service over aviation safety concerns

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U.S. Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration asked AT&T and Verizon Communication to halt introduction of 5G wireless service over aviation safety concerns.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the head of FAA Steve Dickson sent a letter to Verizon addressing its Chief Executive Hans Vestberg to delay the introduction of 5G service for no more than two weeks as a 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.”

In the letter the officials explained their concerns over potential interference of 5G with sensitive aircraft electronics.

“We ask that your companies continue to pause introducing commercial C-Band service for an additional short period of no more than two weeks beyond the currently scheduled deployment date of January 5,” the letter says.

Both Verizon and AT&T said they received the letter but the is no confirmed information whether any decision was made. 

Buttigieg and Dickson said under the framework “commercial C-band service would begin as planned in January with certain exceptions around priority airports.”

Wireless industry group CTIA said 5G is safe and spectrum is being used in about 40 other countries.

Author: Usa Really