Verizon Wireless: Residential homes, nursing homes will stay in U.S.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Verizon Wireless said that its residential facilities in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, and Chicago will stay open as of January 2.
The company said that, as of Jan. 2, residential facilities and community homes will be able to stay open while Verizon’s other residential facilities will close.
“We are continuing to make decisions on whether or not to extend our network coverage to our residential facilities,” the post said.
A spokesperson for Verizon Wireless did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Verizon is among a growing number of providers that have announced plans to phase out traditional cell phone service by the end of this year, citing the economic impact of wireless service cuts and a drop in demand for Internet-based services like video streaming.
In a statement on Thursday, Verizon said it had decided to shutter its residential network in Chicago and Philadelphia in December, and the Chicago network in January.
Verizon also said that it would not extend its service to other communities.
“We’re seeing the economic benefits of our decision to retire our copper and fiber-optic network in New Jersey, and we’ve also seen the economic benefit of expanding our network to the greater New York metropolitan area, which is expected to see strong growth in the coming years,” the statement said.
“As we’ve said repeatedly, this is not a time to rush to retire, and this is a time for us to carefully consider the long-term impacts on our communities.”