AT&T and Verizon reject FAA’s request to delay launch of 5G services

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AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. declined a request from federal transportation officials Delay in launch of new 5G wireless services But offered a counteroffer that would allow limited deployment to go ahead this week.

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cellphone carrier said in a letter on Sunday Reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, they may further undermine the power of their new 5G service Six months to match limits imposed by regulators in France, giving US officials more time to study the effect of more powerful signals on air traffic. The plans from the companies, which have said they plan to launch the service on Wednesday, could prolong the standoff between the telecom and aviation industries on how to proceed.

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“If American airlines are allowed to operate flights every day in France, the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the United States,” the chief executives wrote in the letter.

Telecommunications-industry officials point to dozens of countries, including France, that have already allowed cellular service on frequencies known as the C-band. France is among countries that have imposed wireless limits near airports while regulators study their impact on aircraft.

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CEO Hans Vestberg was in response to a letter sent late Friday to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dixon. The New Year’s Eve message asked carriers to postpone their planned 5G launches “by no more than two weeks,” while officials are expected to address the impact of wireless services at specific airports on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. worked for.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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