January 18, 2022

Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Statement on Latest 5G Voluntary Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following joint statement after AT&T and Verizon voluntarily agreed to delay the deployment of 5G around some U.S. airports.

“Today’s voluntary agreement by AT&T and Verizon to temporarily delay 5G implementation around some U.S. airports is good news and will do a tremendous amount of good to prevent disastrous disruptions to our economy and aviation safety,” Chairs DeFazio and Larsen said. “The reality is that U.S. national airspace is the most complex in the world and is not subject to many of the mandatory mitigations seen in other countries. It’s time for the FAA, airlines, manufacturers, the telecom industry, and airports to work together on a schedule to implement long-term measures at affected airports so that the laudable goal of implementing 5G technologies can coexist with the aviation sector without disruption.”

ICYMI: you can watch Chair DeFazio’s interview today on CNN here.