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AT&T, Verizon 5G Launch Sets Stage for Court Battle With FAA

  • Air safety concerns can force flight disruptions or compromise
  • Trump era FCC approvals now getting Biden era reevaluations

A struggle between wireless carriers and airlines over the phone industry’s new use of airwaves is set to heat up, possibly in court, as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. forge ahead with their 5G rollout plans.

The carriers vowed Sunday to launch their new 5G services on Jan. 5, defying requests from U.S. transportation officials who back claims that the signals might interfere with aircraft electronics. Without intervention from courts or federal agencies, service is about to begin, with potentially unpredictable effects on air travel.