Austin residents complain about Google Fiber; Verizon facing heat from Pennsylvania PUC

More cable news from across the Web:

> Vubiquity says it's opening a managed digital storefront in Latin America. Multichannel News story

> Hundreds of Austin, Texas residents have complained about excessive damage and traffic congestion caused by Google Fiber installation contractors. Ubergizmo story

> Apple has hired former Viacom publicist Bernadette Simpao to lead its content PR team for Apple TV. Variety story

Telecom News

> Verizon is facing heat about its copper-based wireline network in Pennsylvania as the state's Public Utility Commission (PUC) gets ready to hold hearings about alleged unsafe conditions. Article

> AT&T continues to make progress with its virtualization initiatives, particularly those related to the implementing open source software, says a high ranking company executive. Article

Wireless News

> Having equipped its entire nationwide network with LTE-broadcast capability in 2015, Verizon is now saying that delivering video over LTE-broadcast (which the company has dubbed LTE-multicast) has so far not been a big revenue generator for the operator. Instead, a top Verizon executive said that the company currently sees more potential for LTE multicast to be used for telematics applications such as delivering software upgrades to cars at a dealership. Article

> Executives from a handful of top carriers said they will evaluate Facebook's new Telecom Infra Project (TIP), but they generally offered a lukewarm view of Facebook's stated effort to develop new technologies "and reimagine traditional approaches to building and deploying" networks. Article

And finally… A doctor who examined Sumner Redstone confirmed the assertion made by one of the 92-year-old former Viacom chief's companions that he lacks the ability to handle his financial and healthcare decisions. Broadcasting & Cable story

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