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What the FAA-FCC Fight Can Teach Us About Our Approach to Risk

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a list of 50 airports that it contends will need “buffer zones” for 5G cellular spectrum, the latest in a months-long and escalating public fight between the agency and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Rather than a mere regulatory turf battle, the differences this internecine spectacle illustrates in how these two agencies think about risk and understand the purposes of regulation reflect basic divisions that run throughout our politics.

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