FAA Releases List of U.S. Airports to be Protected by 5G Buffer Zones
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a list of 50 airports that will have buffer zones when wireless companies turn on C-band-based 5G service on January 19.

The agency said it sought input from the aviation community where the proposed buffer zones would help reduce risk of disruption. Traffic volume, the number of low-visibility days and geographic location factored in the decision, the agency said.

Airports that are now in the 46 markets where the new service will be deployed, and airports that do not have currently have the ability to allow for low visibility landings are not included on the list.

Following concerns of C-band interference to some aviation operations, wireless carriers agreed to turn off transmitters and make other adjustments near the 50 airports for six months to minimize the potential of interference with sensitive aircraft instruments used in low-visibility landings.

Find the full list of airports here.

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