Federal Aviation Administration on Friday published the list of the 50 U.S. airports that will have buffer zones or areas where AT&T and Verizon have agreed to limit 5G signals to six months.
IN statement, The FAA said it has worked with the airline community to determine where the buffer zone will reduce the risk of disruption, taking into account factors such as traffic volume, number of days of low visibility and geographical location. The agency said many airports are not currently affected by the upcoming implementation of AT&T and Verizon, a service that wireless companies will activate on Jan. 19 after various delays.
Tampon zones aim to reduce the potential interference of 5G antennas with aircraft instruments, called radar altimeters, that tell pilots how far they are from the ground up. They help pilots navigate and land aircraft during bad weather and prevent crashes.
Airports on the list include Dallas Love Field, a major passenger hub for Southwest Airlines, and Chicago O’Hare, which is a major hub for United Airlines and American Airlines. Objects that serve as hubs for cargo and private aircraft, such as airports in Indianapolis, northern New Jersey and New York, were also part of the select.
In addition, the list includes airports in Austin, Nashville, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and San Francisco, among many others.
The FAA announcement comes amid a temporary ceasefire between traffic controllers and airlines, which are worried that 5G antennas near some airports could affect the accuracy of altimeter readings, and telecommunications regulators and wireless companies, who say 5G technology will not be a security problems.
On Monday, AT&T and Verizon agreed break their introduction of 5G for two additional weeks at the request of federal agencies. The move was a quick glance by wireless companies, which was just the day before they lower their legs hotly and said agreeing to the petition would be “irresponsible abandonment of the operational controls needed to set up global and globally competitive communications networks.”
AT&T and Verizon bought almost all of the C-band radio spectrum auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission last year, spending a total almost $ 70 billionto improve your 5G network.
Over it the next six months, for how long AT&T and Verizon have agreed to guard the buffers of about 50 airports, the FAA will work with aviation manufacturers and airlines to confirm whether aircraft can operate safely after 5G wireless service is turned on.