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FAA removes Verizon and AT&T to enable more 5G cell towers – San Bernardino Sun

By DAVID KOENIG

Federal safety regulators say they have cleared the way for Verizon and AT&T to power more towers for new 5G service without causing radio interference to aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it had taken the following steps after it received details from telecommunications companies about the location of wireless transmitters.

The FAA says the data has helped it better map areas around airports where the new high-speed 5G service won’t interfere with a plane’s ability to land in bad weather.

Verizon and AT&T declined to comment. Nick Ludlum, a spokesman for telecommunications trade group CTIA, called it “a positive development that marks the significant progress that the wireless industry, the airline industry, the FAA and the FCC are making to ensure guarantee strong 5G service and safe flights.”

Aviation groups and the FAA have warned that the companies’ 5G service, which uses a part of the radio spectrum known as the C-Band, is too close to the spectrum used by the machine’s altimeters. flying on the ground – important information for landing in low visibility.

Verizon and AT&T have objected to the FAA’s warning, but they have twice agreed to delay the new 5G launch and temporarily delay it at many airports even as they begin offering service in many of their cities United States on January 19.

Since the dispute arose, the FAA has allowed most types of airliner to operate around 5G signals, saying its altimeter devices, known as radio altimeters, are safe. completely against radio interference.

Dire’s predictions of thousands of flight cancellations did not come true, but dozens of flights have been verified by concerns about 5G, including international flights to the United States last week and some domestic flights this week at Paine Field near Seattle. Some small airline planes, especially a group of Embraer regional jets, have yet to clear customs.

“It is too early to declare victory,” Faye Malarkey Black, president of the Regional Aviation Association, said earlier this week. “This is not fixed. We are not fixed. ”

Regional airlines – smaller companies that operate flights under contract with major airlines – face restrictions on a large portion of their fleets during bad weather, Black speak.

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