AT&T, Verizon Compromise With Airlines on This Week’s 5G Rollout


AT&T and Verizon announced today that in response to warnings that the companies’ 5G rollout this week could interfere with air traffic control, they will delay lighting up towers adjacent to airports. 

On Monday, major U.S. airlines, including United and American, warned Federal regulators that if Verizon and AT&T follow through on their launch of 5G services this week, it could cause “chaos” by interfering with spectrum used to relay air traffic control. The spectrum in question was acquired by the telcos last year in the FCC’s auction of C-Band spectrum, which is adjacent to radio spectrum used by air traffic controllers. 

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