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  • Matthew Spencer - Tech Journalist

U.S. House Democrats and FCC to avoid potential air safety with 5G/wireless danger

It is no surprise wireless communication, and network technology made our lives so much easier. Wi-Fi to high-speed mobile networks such as LTE, 4G, and the upcoming 5G will make faster communications available. But at what cost?

The U.S. House Democrats urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to avoid potential air safety wireless danger coming with a 5G network. At least two U.S. House Democrats urged FCC to take action on the matter. It took place last Friday where they were conscious about potential health risks coming with 5G network equipment's, causing harm to humans with high-frequency radiation.

In February 2020, the FCC and subsequent "C-band auction" permitted a 5G cellular distribution system throughout the networks. It has the potential to cause harm via radio altimeters. These are generally used by commercial aircraft and helicopters, and many other types of aviation aircraft. This threat was not in the attention of several performers who gave a green signal to such motives. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) released a draft on the risk and effects of Radio Altimeters.

Though FCC Chair's spokeswomen did not respond immediately, she later told reporters that air safety would be addressed on Thursday.

On Friday, two key U.S. House Democrats were concerned about the potential threats coming with 5G deployment along with the harm it may cause to sensitive aircraft electronics like radio altimeters. Aircraft use this kind of medium to send strict beams, which helps in fast and direct communication.

Top telecommunication networks such as AT&T and Verizon Communications agreed to delay the 5G network deployment as the potential threat to humans, or the environment needs a proper measure before deploying for general people. Of course, 5G is high-speed and will bring new opportunities in terms of network transmission. But a calculated risk is better than ignoring it totally and hampering the balanced ecosystem.

FAA is on risk management duty before public network deployment as two lawmakers asked FCC to postpone the decision. Once the aviation department conducts the risk assessment process, we can take action on the matter. Also, a comment on the 2009 Boeing 737-800 accident near Amsterdam was made.

It proves the dangers of next-generation wireless communication, and we can't ignore the fact that safety is the number one priority.

A group of wireless and trade told the White House to delay further the launch of C-Band could have severe consequences for nation's ability to leverage the economic growth associated with the 5G." While it is accurate and we can't ignore the fact, faster communions are a game-changers and bring lots of opportunities. Whether business, cloud deployment, media adaptation, communication upgrades will be improved drastically, and aviation facilities' impact on the natural environment cannot be ignored.

Boeing Co, Airbus S.E. and U.S. airlines urged the administration to take urgent action to resolve concerns and come to an agreement. They said 5G could create a harmful interface to radio altimeters, crucial for commercial aircraft and helicopters.

In this type of occurrence, we can't go headfirst and calculate the risk later. The Telecom industry is trying to carry out the "deploy now, fix later" approach to "safety first." The infrastructure for high-speed network communicants has been undergoing upgrade procedure for quite some time, and as it is targeted to improve our lives, safety issue matters a lot.

Of course, we want and need a faster medium of communication. These transformations are changing our lives at every possible level, but the security and sustainability issue remains. Air vehicles need the top-tier service of communication as it can get quite dangerous out there.


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