Fios has announced it will stop offering internet plans for rural areas in the US in the coming months.
The move comes in the wake of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which allowed internet providers to offer higher-speed internet for low-income households.
The FCC says rural communities are often left behind when it comes to the benefits of the internet.
“Fios has long supported the deployment of high-speed broadband for rural Americans, and today we are announcing our intention to end our Fios internet service offerings in some areas in our footprint in the future,” said Craig Schulze, Fios’ senior vice president and general manager of business strategy.
“This move is consistent with our commitment to providing the most cost-effective, equitable and cost-efficient internet available to our customers.”
Fios announced the change on its blog Thursday, saying it is “reviewing the impact of this new regulatory environment on our customers, customers’ communities and customers’ networks.”
It also said the move would be made “over the coming weeks.”
A statement from Comcast on Thursday said the decision was made “to align Fios broadband offerings with the regulatory environment in which we operate.”
In a blog post on Thursday, the cable company said it would continue to provide Fios high-capacity internet in rural areas.
“Our current offerings, which were designed to provide service to low- and moderate-income customers, are available in all 50 states and in a few additional cities and counties, and we are committed to continuing to deliver Fios fiber to underserved areas, such as in rural communities, where Fios is not available,” Comcast said.