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Buttigieg Asks AT&T, Verizon to Delay 5G Over Aviation Concerns

  • Transportation head asks wireless companies for two-week delay
  • Airlines have warned of safety hazard from new 5G signals
Key Speakers At The Mobile World Congress Americas
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg asked AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to delay a 5G wireless service set to commence next week that airlines say may pose a safety risk by interfering with aircraft electronics.

Without action, airlines could be forced into “widespread and unacceptable disruption,” Buttigieg and Steve Dickson, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, said in a letter Friday to the wireless providers’ chief executives.