Federal Aviation Administration on Friday Posted a list Among the 50 US airports will have buffer zones, or areas where AT&T and Verizon have agreed to limit 5G signals for six months.
in a statmentThe Federal Aviation Administration said it worked with the aviation community to identify buffer zones that would reduce disruption risks, taking into account factors such as traffic volume, number of days of low visibility and geographic location. The agency said that many airports are currently unaffected by the deployment of AT&T and Verizon’s upcoming 5G, a service that the wireless carriers will activate on January 19 after various delays.
Buffer zones are intended to reduce potential interference of 5G antennas with aircraft instruments, called radar altimeters, which tell pilots How far are they from Earth. They help pilots navigate and land planes during bad weather and prevent accidents.
Airports in the list It includes Dallas Love Field, which is a major passenger hub for Southwest Airlines, and Chicago O’Hare, which is a major hub for United Airlines and American Airlines. Facilities that act as hubs for Freight and private jets, such as airports in Indianapolis, northern New Jersey, and New York City, were also part of those selected.
In addition, the list includes airports in Austin, Nashville, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, and many others.
The FAA’s announcement comes amid a temporary ceasefire between transport regulators and aviation groups, who are concerned that 5G antennas near some airports could affect the accuracy of altimeters readings, and telecom regulators and wireless companies, who maintain that 5G technology will not pose problems with With safety.
On Monday, AT&T and Verizon agreed to Pause Roll out 5G for an additional two weeks at the request of federal agencies. This move was a quick change on the part of the wireless companies, which happened just a day ago Passionately put their foot down He said approval of the petition would be “an irresponsible relinquishment of the operational control required to deploy global and competitive communications networks globally.”
AT&T and Verizon bought nearly all of the C-band wireless spectrum auctioned by the FCC last year, spending a combined total Nearly 70 billion dollarsto improve their 5G networks.
Over the the next six monthsDuring which time AT&T and Verizon have agreed to keep buffers in place around 50 airports, the FAA will work with airline manufacturers and airlines to confirm whether planes can operate safely after 5G service is turned on for wireless carriers.