How often do you beat your 5G?

CES is just two days away and 5G will be front and center. The major phone carriers have been promising us the magic of low latency, high bandwidth wireless networks for years. Today, the United States ranks 5th in 5G deployment behind South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Hong Kong, but the technology is widely deployed worldwide. There’s very good 5G network coverage in China, Philippines, Canada, Finland, Spain, Italy, UK, and Australia as well.

Why should you care about this?

The FAA is saying that 5G may interfere with altimeter readings in commercial aircraft. Understandably, big telecom is pushing back, citing examples of every other country with an airport and no issues ever reported. Sadly, once you ask a, “How often do you beat your wife?” type of question, fear, uncertainty, and doubt replace facts, science, and logic.

Get ready to investigate 5G’s impact on commercial aviation. Remember: your cellphone was a danger to commercial aircraft avionics in the US for years… or was that just fear, uncertainty, and doubt?

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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