Republicans are blaming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the administration's 'lack of leadership' in the long awaited, yet disastrous, rollout of 5G technology

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Republicans are blaming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the administration’s ‘lack of leadership’ in the long awaited, yet disastrous, rollout of 5G technology. members of transportation and technology-related congressional panels released a joint statement Wednesday claiming the Biden administration ‘sleepwalked’ the process.’The Biden administration has failed to provide any leadership to find a solution to this spectrum issue,’ the statement reads.

‘The U.S. government has hardworking experts who can address any outstanding technical issues, but instead of leading, the has sleepwalked through this botched process.”By lurching from one arbitrary deadline to the next with no clear plan or strategy for resolution, this Administration’s negligence continues to delay finding a lasting solution that improves our everyday wireless communication while protecting aviation safety.’The letter was signed by four Republicans – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves from Missouri; Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves from Louisiana; Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington; and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Latta from Ohio.AT&T and Verizon launched their 5G network across America on Wednesday morning, switching on 4,500 towers to bring faster wireless to their customers.

They had to hold back on ten per cent of the towers – 500 – that are near airports because the frequencies the towers emit could interfere with the signal on some planes.Some airline passengers who were unaware of the fiasco showed up at airports ready to board their flights but were told they had been canceled.In total, 239 flights to, from and within the US have been canceled as of Wednesday afternoon. It’s unclear if all have been scrapped because of 5G, JetBlack but the network launch is causing major issues.Texas Republican Representative Beth Van Duyne tweeted of the disaster: ‘The airline industry has been hit hard by authoritarian vaccine mandates and staffing shortages.

The last thing it needs is failed leadership on the 5G rollout.’Buttigieg and the administration also faced some backlash from within their own party for the fiasco.Democratic Representative Sharice Davids tweeted Wednesday: ‘Glad to see that Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay 5G deployment around key airports.
Our main priority as Congress is safety, and this solution allows the vast majority of wireless deployment to continue while protecting passengers and cargo from delays and disruption.’  A group of Republicans who head up the minority in transportation and technology-related committees and subcommittees slammed the administration  for it's disastrous 5G roll out. They wrote: 'The U.S. government has hardworking experts who can address any outstanding technical issues, but instead of leading, the White House has sleepwalked through this botched process' A group of Republicans who head up the minority in transportation and technology-related committees and subcommittees slammed the administration  for it’s disastrous 5G roll out.

They wrote: ‘The U.S. government has hardworking experts who can address any outstanding technical issues, but instead of leading, the White House has sleepwalked through this botched process’ Republican Rep. Beth Van Duyne slammed the administration for 'failed leadership' leading to a slew of flight cancelations due to the roll out Republican Rep.

Beth Van Duyne slammed the administration for ‘failed leadership’ leading to a slew of flight cancelations due to the roll outFederal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr also blasted Biden on Wednesday.’The Biden Administration’s botched handling of C-Band 5G offerings highlights a failure of competent leadership,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘The White House walked back a Biden-brokered infrastructure agreement after just two weeks.”This is a bad deal,’ he assured.’The Biden Administration could have stood up and sided with science,’ Carr continued.

‘They didn’t. Their silence paved the way for a pressure campaign timed to maximize the chances that Administration officials would cave. They did.”Running a dysfunctional process does not promote air safety or America’s 5G leadership.’The president of Emirates has slammed the 5G fiasco as the ‘most delinquent, irresponsible’ mess he has seen in his 50-year aviation career and blamed it on Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who he says knew about the impending chaos but failed to warn anyone in time to stop it.   Eighty-eight airports now have buffers to protect against it but some major airports like Denver, Atlanta, Boston, Memphis do not.In the most recent FAA announcement on Wednesday afternoon, the government said ’62 percent’ of flights could operate safely – leaving nearly half to reschedule. Sir Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, appeared on

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