US officials ask AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G wireless

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US Secretary of Transportation  Pete Buttigieg and the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called on  AT&T and Verizon Communications on Friday to postpone the planned  introduction of the new 5G radio service for January 5th due to aviation safety concerns and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson asked AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a delay of no more than two weeks as part of a “short-term proposal.

 The aviation industry and the FAA have  concerns about possible 5G interference  with sensitive aircraft electronics such as radio altimeters that could interfere with flights.

“We are asking your companies  to suspend the introduction of the commercial CBand service for an additional short period of no more than two weeks after the currently planned implementation date on January 5th,” the letter said. 

Verizon spokesman Rich Young said he…

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