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- Today, 18:26
- Jul 5, 2006
AT&T and Verizon want to roll out 5G near airports. The FAA says this could pose safety risks.
In casually reviewing articles related to the 5G rollout, none of the articles appear to fully look into any underlying research that would either document the "concerns" or refute the "concerns" related to possible harmful interference.The wireless industry and the aviation industry have spent the past week publicly clashing over deployment of the newest version of 5G service. On one side are wireless providers eager to activate the high-speed networks for their customers, and on the other are aviation regulators and airlines warning that the signals could interfere with key equipment in airplanes.
If research had been done, why do these articles apparently overlook that. The article does note the existence of an October 2020 report but goes on to state: "The FCC says it hasn't ignored these concerns. It just disagrees with the FAA's conclusions. It has reiterated that after years of study, its engineers believe there's no meaningful interference between 5G devices operating in C-band and aircraft systems."The aviation industry and the FAA cite a report from October 2020 that concluded even with the guard band, there was possible harmful interference. The FAA contends the FCC has ignored its concerns about interference. Now that the spectrum is being deployed, the FAA believes the possibility of interference poses too great a risk to the public, which is why it has issued warnings and restrictions. (emphasis added)
The FAA, FCC, and the airlines have had years to work on resolving this issue, which has now (in typical fashion) become a last minute crises. Reporters, instead of spreading vague unsubstantiated "concerns" should be looking into any research (such as talking to those engineers) that may have been done. Seems that this 5G "crises" is another example of big government and big industry not resolving an issue proactively.