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U.S. officials ask AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G wireless over aviation safety concerns -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A Verizon contract crew installs 5G telecom equipment at a tower in Orem (UT), U.S.A., December 3, 2019. Picture taken December 3, 2019. REUTERS/George Frey/File photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday asked AT&T (NYSE:) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: ) C-Band Wireless Service will be delayed from Jan. 5, due to concerns about aviation safety.

In a letter Friday seen by Reuters, Buttigieg and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson asked AT&T Chief Executive John Stankey and Verizon Chief Executive Hans Vestberg for a delay of no more than two weeks as 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.”

FAA and aviation industry raised concerns regarding interference by 5G with delicate aircraft electronics such radio altimeters. This could lead to flight interruptions.

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