DFW Airport, Love Field Added to FAA 5G Buffer

The FAA and the wireless industry agreed to restrict some 5G service around airports for the next six months while the two sides study whether the technology interferes with critical flight instruments

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The mobile phone industry’s major players are agreeing to limit 5G phone service around DFW International Airport, Dallas Love Field and 48 other airports nationwide as the aviation and telecommunications industries debate whether faster wireless service jeopardizes aircraft safety.

That will prevent major cell phone providers AT&T and Verizon from building 5G base stations using the contested C-band spectrum too close to the two North Texas urban airports with hundreds of nearby residents and businesses.

The list released by the FAA includes most of the nation’s major airfields, including several of the largest air hubs in Texas: William Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin. The FAA only targeted airports where the 5G technology is being rolled out and there are runways that allow low-visibility landings.

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