Biden thanks Verizon, AT&T for agreeing to delay 5 G deployment around key airports

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Biden thanks Verizon, AT&T for agreeing to delay 5 G deployment around key airports

Washington US January 19 ANI US President Joe Biden thanked Verizon and AT&T on Tuesday for agreeing to delay 5 G deployment around key airports.

I want to thank Verizon and AT&T for agreeing to delay 5 G deployment around key airports and continue working with the Department of Transportation on safe 5 G deployment at this limited set of locations, read Biden's statement on 5 G Agreement.

The deployment of 5 G signals next to runways could cause a lot of anger among airlines, and the key safety equipment that pilots rely on to take off and land in inclement weather.

More than 90 per cent of wireless tower deployment will occur as planned, allowing more than 90 per cent of passenger travel, cargo operations, and our economic recovery.

The US President said the agreement protects flight safety and allows aviation operations to continue without significant disruption and will bring more high-speed internet options to millions of Americans.

Biden also said that expanding 5 G and promoting competition in internet service are critical priorities and that tomorrow will be a huge step in the right direction.

My team has been engaged non-stop with the wireless carriers, airlines, and aviation equipment manufacturers to chart a path forward for 5 G deployment and aviation to safely co-exist and reach a permanent, workable solution around these key airports, said Biden.

The US government's 5 G plan will have a negative impact on aviation, affecting an estimated 1.25 million United passengers, at least 15,000 flights and tons of cargo traveling through more than 40 of the country's largest airports annually, according to United Airlines.

"We implore the Biden administration to act quickly and apply the same common-sense solutions that have clearly worked so well around the world," said the United Airlines statement.