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5G networks could wreak havoc on weather forecasting, officials warn

Postby MrFredPFL » Sat May 18, 2019 11:56 am

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That speedier 5G network wireless carriers are promising to build could interfere with the accuracy of weather forecasts.

For months, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been sounding the alarm that wireless spectrum the Federal Communications Commission is auctioning off to use for 5G wireless networks could interfere with data collection used in weather forecasting.

On Thursday, NOAA's acting chief Neil Jacobs testified on Capitol Hill that the interference from new 5G wireless radios could reduce the accuracy of weather forecasting by as much as 30 percent. He told the House Subcommittee on the Environment this would result in coastal residents getting at least two to three fewer days to prepare for a hurricane and could lead to less accurate predictions about where these major storms will make landfall. Such errors in these predictions could cost people their lives, he warned.

The FCC began auctioning off the 24 GHz spectrum in March to wireless carriers who plan to use it for new 5G networks. Earlier this week, Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Maria Cantwell of Washington wrote a letter to the FCC asking that the agency refrain from issuing the licenses to auction winners until a solution can be found.

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