American telecommunications companies AT&T and Verizon refuse to delay the launch of new 5G wireless services

AT&T and Verizon rejected requests to postpone the upcoming 5G wireless service. The two companies proposed to limit the power of 5G signals for six months, giving regulators more time to study how they will affect aircraft operations.

In December 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration made a request to request wireless operators to postpone upcoming services due to aviation safety considerations.

In early November 2021, AT&T and Verizon agreed to postpone the new 5G frequency band originally scheduled to be launched on December 5, 2021, to January 5, 2022, so that they can work with the FAA to resolve critical cockpit issues. Concerns about potential interference with security systems.

In late November, because federal regulators were investigating the impact of 5G signals on aircraft sensors, AT&T and Verizon agreed to restrict 5G wireless services for a period of six months.

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