In DepthAtmospheric Science

Forecasters fear threat of 5G wireless rollout

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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 528-529
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6453.528

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A remarkable interagency battle is playing out within the U.S. government over whether plans for the next generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, will threaten accurate weather forecasts—and, if so, how to mitigate the threat. Months of technical studies and debate have only deepened the impasse. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say 5G antennas will blast signals near the frequencies their satellites use to gather critical water vapor data, and could compromise forecasts and science. The agencies are calling for tight limits on stray noise. The Federal Communications Commission, which licenses the wireless spectrum for 5G operators in the United States, says those fears are overblown.

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