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AT&T, Verizon Agree to New 5G Limits to Avert Flight Delays

  • Agreement expands buffer zones around airports for 5G
  • President Biden praises action to head off flight disruptions
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AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. have agreed to temporarily delay switching on hundreds of 5G cell towers near U.S. airports in last-minute talks with government officials designed to limit flight disruptions that could have started Wednesday. 

The voluntary delay temporarily solves a concern in the aviation industry about the potential for interference with sensitive navigation equipment used during landings in poor weather. The wireless carriers spent billions of dollars at a government auction last year for the right to use the frequencies for super-fast mobile service.