Biden lauds delay in 5G deployment, says it ensures flights won’t be disrupted

President BidenJoe BidenTrump blasts ‘low-life Twitter’ after Greene’s account suspended Jill Biden to visit Kentucky to see tornado damage On The Money — Biden’s beef with the meat industry MORE on Tuesday commended the decision by two telecommunications giants to delay 5G technology deployment, saying doing so will ensure there won’t be disruptions in air operations over the next two weeks.

Verizon and AT&T announced on Monday an agreement to delay deploying 5G by two weeks, following pressure from the White House and airline industry over concerns the deployment would cause flight delays and interruptions. 

The 5G deployment is now set to take place on Jan. 19, pushed back from the originally schedule deployment on Wednesday.  Holiday travelers have faced thousands of canceled and delayed flights due to the COVID-19 surge impacting airline crews and major snowstorms. 

“Last night’s agreement is a significant step in the right direction, and we’re grateful to all parties for their cooperation and good faith. This agreement ensures that there will be no disruptions to air operations over the next two weeks and puts us on track to substantially reduce disruptions to air operations when AT&T and Verizon launch 5G on January 19th,” Biden said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Biden said his administration is “committed to rapid 5G deployment,” as well as minimizing disruptions and maintaining safe airspace.

He added that the administration convened technical experts from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the wireless industry and the aviation industry to discuss solutions ahead of the agreement.

“For the last few months, my Administration has been convening technical experts at the FAA, the FCC, and from the wireless and aviation industries to discuss a solution that allows the expansion of 5G and aviation to safely co-exist, and I am pleased those efforts helped produce yesterday’s agreement,” he said.

The president thanked Verizon, AT&T, Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAT&T, Verizon agree to two-week delay of 5G rollout On The Money — Biden’s beef with the meat industry The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – Jan. 6 Capitol attack back in spotlight MORE, FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson, and FCC Chair Jessica RosenworcelJessica RosenworcelOvernight Health Care — Presented by AstraZeneca and Friends of Cancer Research — FDA opens up boosters to young teens Hillicon Valley — Presented by Connected Commerce Council — Incident reporting language left out of package Senate confirms FCC’s Rosenworcel to another term MORE for their work to get to the agreement.

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