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Verizon And AT&T Reject Request From Regulators To Further Delay 5G Rollout


Verizon and AT&T on Sunday rejected a request by the U.S. government to delay rolling out its next-generation 5G wireless technology but offered to expand so-called “exclusion zones” for six months. The rejection comes amid an ongoing dispute over fears that the use of C-Band spectrum for 5G wireless services could interfere with sensitive aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters, which in turn could disrupt flights and result in some diversions. On Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson sent a letter to AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg asking them to delay the planned Jan. 5 introduction of the new 5G wireless service, citing the aviation safety concerns. The letter (pdf) asked for the CEOs to delay the rollout for 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.” But in a response on Sunday,   » Read full article

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