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Lavallette, NJ Borough Council Challenges Verizon 5G Proposals

On Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, the Lavallette, NJ Borough Council voted to approve five separate 5G-enabled "small cell" wireless antenna installations with challenging conditions to which Verizon attorney, Greg Meese, objected. The two primary conditions are as follows:

1) Verizon must obtain certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense that its facilities will not interfere with critical avionics equipment utilized by military and civilian aircrafts.

2) Verizon cannot install more than a total of 20 "small cell" nodes throughout the Borough to support 5G networks.

Such conditions are projected to stall in the 5G installation process indefinitely.

Lavallette, a tiny beachfront community on the Jersey Shore, is uniquely situated just 20 miles from one of the country's most active and important military air bases, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Council members cited a recent report published in Defense News that states:

"...5G telecommunications systems in the 3.7–3.98 GHz band will cause harmful interference to radar altimeters on all types of civil aircraft—including commercial transport airplanes; business, regional, and general aviation airplanes; and both transport and general aviation helicopters. The results of the study performed clearly indicate that this risk is widespread and has the potential for broad impacts to aviation operations in the United States, including the possibility of catastrophic failures leading to multiple fatalities, in the absence of appropriate mitigations."

To review the full study conducted by the Radio Technical Committee for Aeronautics, click here.

For further information about the 5G rollout situation in Lavallette, please call 516-883-0887, or email

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