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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Other voices: how to screw up 5G rollout

It’s hard to say which is more confusing these days, air travel or the Biden administration. As another example, consider the conflict between airlines and wireless carriers over 5G.

On Tuesday, Verizon and AT&T said they would delay a 5G rollout that was scheduled for Wednesday after airlines complained it would disrupt flights across the country. President Biden has taken charge of preventing anarchy in the skies even though his administration has made a mess.

This is C-band spectrum, which operators plan to use to cover urban 5G areas. Carriers paid the US government $80 billion for this valuable spectrum, but now the Federal Aviation Administration won’t let them use it. The agency says the signals could potentially interfere with aircraft altimeters, which measure distance to the ground.

The FCC addressed these concerns during its notice and comments on its plan to repurpose C-band from satellite operators. In March 2020, he approved a 258-page decision that included a secure buffer between altimeter lanes and 5G, more than many other countries require.

However, about 20 months later, the FAA demanded a review of the FCC’s decision and took airlines and carriers hostage. If Verizon and AT&T don’t suspend 5G rollouts, the FAA will order flights to ground or divert. AT&T and Verizon didn’t want to be blamed for this, so they agreed twice to scale back and delay rollouts.

Two weeks ago, they entered into an agreement with the Department of Transportation to limit C-band signals within a mile radius of airport runways for six months and delay 5G rollout until January 19th. The FAA said it would not ask for a new delay. And if you believed it…

On Sunday, the FAA said it had only allowed 45% of US commercial aircraft to land in poor visibility at only 48 of the 88 airports it believes are most at risk from potential 5G interference. This does not apply to Boeing 777 and 787 widebody models that fly to countries around the world with less 5G restrictions.

This meant that airlines would have to change or cancel thousands of flights. The disruptions will cause immediate havoc, and Americans won’t feel like they’re being denied 5G service. Wireless carriers will be blamed for the chaos, which is probably why they succumbed to more “voluntary” and “temporary” restrictions on Tuesday.

“In our sole discretion, we have voluntarily agreed to temporarily delay turning on a limited number of towers around certain airport runways as we continue to work with the aviation industry and the FAA to provide more information on our 5G rollout as they have not been using the two years they should have been. responsibly plan this deployment,” AT&T said.

This is too merciful to the FAA and the Department of Transportation. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reached out to FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworsel, who behind the scenes backed carriers’ 5G rollout. And now he and Mr. Biden are portraying their mistake as a diplomatic victory. This administration needs less political propaganda and more competent management.

– Wall Street Magazine

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