The U.S. trade group representing major cargo and passenger airlines requested for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday to stop the deployment of the 5G wireless service at certain airports.
AT&T as well as Verizon Communications will begin the morning of Jan. 5 to launch C-Band spectrum 5G’s wireless service that they were awarded in a $80 billion government auction. The aviation industry as well as The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have expressed concerns that 5G may affect sensitive electronic components of aircraft like radio altimeters. This could hinder or disrupt flights.
The petition of the airlines is aimed at protecting legal options in the event that ongoing talks don’t result in a deal and also to stop what airlines warn could result in “massive disturbances” for U.S. aviation, the group said.
The agency has been working to issue notices further describing the effects of possible interference, but it has been delayed until intensive discussions take place with the Biden administration as well as wireless carriers as well as the aviation industry.
Airlines for America, which represents American Airlines , Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, FedEx as well as other major carriers The group says that If there had been a 5G directive from the FAA 5G policy had gone into force in 2019, around 5400 passenger flights and 345,000 cargo flights would have experienced delays, diverts or cancellations.
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