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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is still concerned about 5G. On Thursday they warned that the cell phone carriers’ plans to delay the rollout is still not good enough.

The phone companies said that they would delay their 5G rollout until January 19 in order to rollout “buffer zones” that protect planes from 5G interruption near airports. The FAA says that this is not good enough. In France, these buffer zones allow planes 96 seconds of flight. In the U.S., planes will only get 20 seconds. Also, France requires antennas to be tilted downwards to avoid harmful interference but the United States has not made any such rule.

The FAA warned that 5G deployment “will increase the risk of disruption during low visibility” and result in “flight cancellations, diverted flights, and delays during periods of low visibility.”

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