FAA agrees not to seek any more 5G delays from AT&T and Verizon

Verizon store front displays a large 5G sign.

Enlarge / Verizon store front near Grand Central Terminal in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | SOPA Images /)

The Federal Aviation Administration tentatively agreed not to seek any more 5G delays from AT&T and Verizon, potentially ending a battle over the aviation industry’s unproven claim that 5G transmissions on C-Band frequencies will interfere with airplane altimeters.

The commitment came Monday night, when AT&T and Verizon agreed to one more delay of two weeks, pushing their deployment off until January 19. They had previously agreed to a delay from December 5 until January 5. Terms of Monday’s deal were described in an attachment to a letter that Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg sent to the carriers.

“In light of the foregoing, and subject to any unforeseen aviation safety issues, DOT and FAA will not seek or demand any further delays of C-Band deployment,” the deal terms say.

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