Transportation Secretary Responds to 5G Delay

Verizon and AT&T have postponed some rollouts near airports. 

Airline companies and aircraft manufacturers have been expressing concern about the use of 5G cellular communications near major airports. A number of international carriers have announced that they are cutting some services due to the new 5G telecom tower locations. 

They are particularly concerned with how the technology can affect instrument landings in bad weather, for instance. The Federal Aviation Administration has been worried that 5G cellular antennas near some airports could throw off readings from some aircraft equipment designed to tell pilots how far they are from the ground. 

Verizon and AT&T both announced Tuesday that they would delay activating 5G on some towers around certain airports. The wireless technology’s rollout near major airports had been scheduled for Wednesday. 

“We recognize the economic importance of expanding 5G, and we appreciate the wireless companies working with us to protect the flying public and the country’s supply chain. The complex U.S. airspace leads the world in safety because of our high standards for aviation, and we will maintain this commitment as wireless companies deploy 5G,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For FAA and FCC officials reviewing the safety of implementing 5G near major airports.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg as he assesses and interacts with technology providers. 
  • For government and private sector officials as they seek a solution that will be to the benefit of all interested parties. 

Sources:, CNN, Reuters Wall Street Journal 


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