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How 5G Clashed With an Aviation Device Invented in the 1920s

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Altimeters are a key part of the 787’s landing system, turning on the reverse thrusters that slow the plane once it has landed. Mr. Lemme said a Boeing patent suggested that the function was totally automated, meaning that even a pilot landing a 787 manually would not be able to reverse the plane’s thrusters if the altimeter malfunctioned. The 787’s landing gear brakes, which are triggered by weight, would still function, as would its wing spoilers, which are only partly controlled by altimeter readings. But Mr. Lemme said a lack of reverse thrusters would make it difficult for pilots to stop planes before they reached the end of the runway.“You absolutely could have some planes running through runways,” he said.Boeing did not respond to a request for comment.The F.A.A. on Friday issued a ...
AT&T to Delay 5G Service at Some Airports After Airlines Warn of Chaos

AT&T to Delay 5G Service at Some Airports After Airlines Warn of Chaos

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“To be very clear, we’re incredibly disappointed that we are at this point, that the entire U.S. airline industry is facing major disruption as new wireless technology is activated,” he said. “The two should be able to coexist, but that only comes with better understanding of potential impacts.”The industry and the aviation regulators had raised concerns about 5G interference over the past several years. In November 2020, for example, the International Air Transport Association, a global trade group, warned that such interference could trigger automated systems to intervene in ways that would be dangerous and confusing to pilots. The system might, for example, force planes to pull up to avoid phantom objects, or could prevent planes from warning pilots of real obstacles.Airlines and the F....

Verizon and AT&T’s 5G Cellular Service Can Proceed After Deal Is Reached With U.S.

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Federal aviation officials have agreed not to ask for further delays to Verizon and AT&T’s new 5G cellular service, clearing the way for the companies to start their service while avoiding a major clash with regulators who said it could endanger flights.In addition to delaying the start of their service by two weeks, the carriers will temporarily put in place measures designed to address the government’s safety concerns about the technology, particularly around certain airports.The agency had expressed concerns that the new 5G service uses signals that clash with equipment pilots use to land in poor weather. Officials have said they could restrict the use of that equipment, known as radio altimeters, which could ground or reroute flights under some conditions.In a letter to the wireles...

Verizon and AT&T Agree to Delay 5G Plans Over Airline Safety Concerns

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Verizon and AT&T said late Monday that they had agreed to delay their deployment of new wireless technology for two weeks, giving in to the demands of federal aviation regulators who have raised concerns that the signals could create an airline safety hazard.The companies made the decision after initially rebuffing a request for a delay made last week by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Steve Dickson, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration.“At Secretary Buttigieg’s request, we have voluntarily agreed to one additional two-week delay of our deployment of C-Band 5G services,” said Kim Hart Jonson, a spokeswoman for AT&T. Rich Young, a spokesman for Verizon, said the company had also accepted the delay.Ms. Jonson said that AT&T was still “committed” to a propos...
Verizon and AT&T Decline Regulators’ Request to Delay New 5G Services

Verizon and AT&T Decline Regulators’ Request to Delay New 5G Services

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Federal transportation officials want AT&T and Verizon to postpone their planned release of expanded 5G wireless services this week, citing fears of signal interference that they said could pose risks to flight safety. On Sunday, the wireless companies responded and said no.In a letter sent on Friday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Steve Dickson, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, asked the two wireless companies to delay their planned introduction, on Wednesday, of new 5G technology for a “short period” of up to two weeks.Failing to reach a deal “will force the U.S. aviation sector to take steps to protect the safety of the traveling public,” the officials wrote. “These steps will result in widespread and unacceptable disruption as airplanes divert to other ...
In Race for 5G, Alarm and Security Services Get Stuck in the Middle

In Race for 5G, Alarm and Security Services Get Stuck in the Middle

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In the alarm industry, the biggest companies, like ADT, seem to be coping best with the challenge of meeting the sunset date set by AT&T.In its statement to the government, AT&T cited comments that the chief executive of ADT made to Wall Street analysts, saying the company was “on track” with conversions from 3G. Of its 2.9 million alarm systems needing upgrades, about 800,000 remain. But in a standard quarterly filing with the government, the company warned that the pace of its upgrade program could change depending on Covid trends and access to customer sites.ADT has the buying clout to get chips and equipment before others, and its customers are more likely than smaller operators to be in metropolitan areas, said Brian Ruttenbur, an alarm industry analyst at Imperial Capital, an...
‘Welcome to the Mesh, Brother’: Guerrilla Wi-Fi Comes to New York

‘Welcome to the Mesh, Brother’: Guerrilla Wi-Fi Comes to New York

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Before the recent vision, the city’s last major broadband intervention was negotiated under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2006. New York entered a franchise agreement with Verizon that gave the company the privilege of burying fiber-optic cable under city streets in exchange for installing high-speed Fios in every neighborhood. But Verizon has failed to do so in many low-income neighborhoods. In a public hearing in April, the city’s chief technology officer, John Paul Farmer, testified that the relatively few providers in some neighborhoods meant that there was little market pressure to bring the prices down. “The current oligopolistic system is broken, and it has built digital inequity into the streets and neighborhoods of New York,” he said.The city recently reached a settlement with Ver...
Semiconductor makers and users form a group to push for chip funding.

Semiconductor makers and users form a group to push for chip funding.

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Semiconductor companies and big businesses that use chips have formed a new coalition to push for tens of billions of dollars in federal funding for semiconductor research and manufacturing in the United States.The new group, the Semiconductors in America Coalition, announced its formation on Tuesday amid a global semiconductor shortage that has caused disruptions throughout the economy. Its members include chip makers like Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm and companies that rely on semiconductors, like Apple, Google, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Verizon and AT&T.The coalition is calling on Congress to provide $50 billion for semiconductor research and manufacturing, which President Biden has proposed as part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.“Leaders from a broad range of criti...
Verizon Sells AOL and Yahoo to Apollo for $5 Billion

Verizon Sells AOL and Yahoo to Apollo for $5 Billion

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Yahoo and AOL, kings of the early internet, saw their fortunes decline as Silicon Valley raced ahead to create new digital platforms. Google replaced Yahoo. AOL was supplanted by cable giants.Now they will become the property of private equity. Verizon, their current owner, agreed to sell them to Apollo Global Management in a deal worth $5 billion, the companies announced Monday.The business housing the two brands, Verizon Media, is to be renamed (yet again) to Yahoo (sans the brand’s stylized exclamation point), and the sale will also include its advertising technology business. Verizon will retain a 10 percent stake in the newly formed media group, the company said in a statement.Guru Gowrappan, the head of Verizon’s media business, who will continue to lead the new Yahoo, was optimistic...
Verizon Near Deal to Sell Yahoo and AOL

Verizon Near Deal to Sell Yahoo and AOL

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The private equity firm has been on a buying spree in the past few months, announcing deals to acquire the crafts retailer Michaels and the Venetian resort in Las Vegas. It has also had a shake-up in its senior ranks, with its co-founder, Leon Black, announcing in late March that he was stepping down as chairman after the revelation he had paid more than $150 million to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.Apollo declined to comment. Verizon didn’t respond to requests for comment. Bloomberg, which first reported the expected deal, said Verizon would maintain a stake in the media arm.The deal would signal the unraveling of a strategy Verizon heralded in 2015 when it acquired the faded internet giant AOL for $4.4 billion. The purchase was meant to give Verizon a pathway into mobile, with ...