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Don’t Let the FAA Ground 5G

The benefits of widespread 5G deployment could be profound. Questionable air-safety concerns shouldn’t get in the way.

All clear. 

All clear. 

Photographer: Wolfram Schroll/Bloomberg

Rarely has an arcane interagency dispute proved so needlessly disruptive.

On Dec. 5, wireless carriers had expected to begin rolling out 5G, the next standard for cellular networks, on a critical new frequency known as the C-band. The deployment promised increased bandwidth, faster transmissions, wider range, and many new possibilities for wireless devices and apps, potentially turning a useful technology into a transformative one.