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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T (NYSE:) and Verizon Communications (NYSE.) On Wednesday, the company agreed to implement new safety precautions to deal with air safety concerns arising from plans to use C-Band spectrum in 5G wireless.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and aviation industry raised concerns over potential interference from 5G deployments with sensitive electronic aircraft such as radio altimeters.

AT&T and Verizon said they had committed for six months to take “additional steps to minimize energy coming from 5G base stations–both nationwide and to an even greater degree around public airports and heliports” and said that should address “concerns about radio altimeter performance.”

Earlier this month, AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay commercial launch of C-band wireless service until Jan. 5 after the FAA issued a Nov. 2 bulletin warning that action may be needed to address the potential interference caused by the 5G deployment.

The FAA has not commented on the matter yet.

Two House Democrats suggested that the FAA could issue an emergency directive for airlines in December. They also warned of “draconian, but necessary” restrictions on critical flight operations.

AT&T said it was adopting the measures “while additional evidence from radio altimeter manufacturers is evaluated. Although there’s no evidence of interference, AT&T agreed to continue to implement these measures to address safety concerns raised by the FAA.

Jessica Rosenworcel (FCC Chair) stated that last week she felt confident that concerns over air safety could be addressed.

According to wireless groups, there has been no CBand aviation safety concern in countries that use the spectrum.

AT&T and Verizon said the commitments will expire on July 6 “unless credible evidence exists that real world interference would occur if the mitigations were relaxed.”

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