AT&T, Verizon offer to limit 5G power over aircraft safety concerns

In a rare move to avoid a potential conflict with the FAA, AT&T and Verizon say they will limit power production for their 5G cell towers for six months while the agency investigates the effects of C-band spectrum on the safety of aircraft systems. according to The carriers made the offer Wednesday in a letter they sent to the Federal Communications Commission.

AT&T and Verizon wrote: “While we remain confident that 5G poses no aviation safety risk, we are also sensitive to the FAA’s desire to perform additional analysis of this issue.” If the FAA accepts the proposal, the limit will be extended to July 6. AT&T and Verizon told the FCC that they do not expect the limits to affect their services.

At the beginning of November, the two companies agreed to by one month through January 2022. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials are concerned that widespread use of the C-frequency spectrum may interfere with altimeter equipment on some aircraft. Pilots often rely on these tools when they need to land, especially when visibility conditions are not favorable.

AT&T and Verizon both have a strong financial incentive to avoid any further delay in rolling out their C band. The two carriers spent together To secure the licenses needed to build the mid-range and an additional $15 billion on the infrastructure needed to tap this spectrum.

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