19 January 2022
AT&T and Verizon will delay launching new wireless service near key airports after the nation's largest airlines said the service would interfere with aircraft technology and cause massive flight disruptions.
The decision from the telecommunication companies arrived Tuesday as the Biden administration tried to broker a settlement between the telecom companies and the airlines over a rollout of new 5G service, scheduled for Wednesday. Airlines want the new service to be banned within two miles of airport runways. AT&T and Verizon say their equipment will not interfere with aircraft electronics, and that the technology is being safely used in many other countries. CEOs of the nation's largest airlines said interference with aircraft systems would be worse than they originally thought, making many flights impossible.
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