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As AT&T and Verizon continue to roll out their 5G wireless technology, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airlines have raised concerns over the C-band spectrum interfering with radio altimeters used in automated aircraft landings.

  • Tom Wheeler, visiting fellow for governance studies at the Brookings Institution and former Federal Communications Commission chairman, said companies have lowered their service levels around airports to avoid interference but that the government must fix inadequate altimeters to address the problem in the long term.
  • Wheeler said the FAA reports that about 90% of altimeters are now safe in 5G environments but that standards for altimeters should have been created a while ago.
  • He said federal agencies need to communicate with each other now to avoid potential negative consequences of 6G.

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