Saturday, January 8, 2022

Top 10: AT&T, Verizon Hold Firm on C-Band 5G Rollout

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief 
Tensions rose ahead of today’s planned launch by AT&T and Verizon of new 5G service using the C-band licenses they won at FCC auction last year. The aviation industry has warned that the 5G rollout could cause chaos for U.S. air travel — in the midst of continuing pandemic-related flight cancellations. 

On Sunday, AT&T CEO John Stankey and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg rejected a New Year’s Eve plea from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the FAA to delay the launch by no more than two weeks, reported Reuters. The air travel regulators said they would use that time to identify priority airports, notify flights, and line up alternate methods of compliance, noted The Verge. Continue Reading

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