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US officials ask AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G wireless

January 3, 2022

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called on AT&T and Verizon Communications on Friday to postpone the planned introduction of the new 5G radio service for January 5th due to aviation safety concerns and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson asked AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a delay of no more than two weeks as part of a “short-term proposal.

The aviation industry and the FAA have concerns about possible 5G interference with sensitive aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters that could interfere with flights.

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