AT&T is limiting C-band 5G expansion around airports even more

The carrier says airlines “have not utilized the two years they’ve had to responsibly plan for this deployment.” | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

AT&T has announced it will push back its plans to activate “a limited number” of 5G towers around “certain airport runways” after airline operators warned that the deployment could cause “catastrophic disruption” to travel and shipping. While AT&T has an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to create buffer zones around 50 airports, the carrier has confirmed to The Verge that it’s halting the rollout of even more towers than originally planned.

The company is clearly unhappy with the situation. In a statement to The Verge, it said that it will “continue to work with the aviation industry and the FAA to provide further information about our 5G deployment, since they have not utilized the two years they’ve had to responsibly…

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Author: Mitchell Clark