Airports Trade Group Displeased About 5G Agreement

The Airports Council International — North America is pushing back against an agreement reached last week between the FAA and telecommunications giants Verizon and AT&T for the rollout of new 5G Wi-Fi capabilities.

"This so-called fix will create winners and losers within the airport community, and the entire aviation system will suffer under the terms of this deal," Airports Council International — North America CEO Kevin Burke said.

His comment followed the FAA's Jan. 7 release of the 50 airports that will have a buffer zone to protect them against potential interference from Verizon and AT&T's 5G transmissions on the C-Band Spectrum. Those transmissions are to begin on Jan. 19 in 46 markets. Buffer zones will be in effect for six months.