Verizon makes 50 Mbps its minimum tier; Nationals owner says RSN rights competition hurting team on field

More cable news from across the Web:

> Verizon has received more than 50,000 complaints for removing rurally focused RFD-TV from its FiOS programming grid. Philadelphia Inquirer story

> One week after announcing a deal to sell Showtime programming to European pay-TV operator Sky, CBS Corp. said it had carved a deal to sell the premium network's shows to Australian streaming service Stan. Deadline Hollywood story

> Apple reported disappointingly narrow revenue growth to $75.9 billion for its fiscal first quarter on sluggish sales of its iPad Pro. Variety story

> Verizon has made 50 Mbps its minimum broadband service tier. DSL Reports story

Telecom News

> AT&T is seeing more of its business customers migrate from TDM-based services to IP-based Ethernet and VPN, but the service provider continues to see softness in certain market segments like the oil and gas industry. Article

Installer News

> Zayo Group snapped up another fiber backhaul deal with a major U.S. wireless provider and the company expects a strong return in its investment because it's using in-place fiber network facilities. Article

> Corning's optical networking segment is finding fortune in the FTTH and data center market segments, but spending patterns within these segments vary due to the timing of build out cycles. Article

Wireless News

> Apple enjoyed yet another record quarter for iPhone sales, and its quarterly profits and earnings per share easily beat Wall Street estimates. But sales growth for the smartphone maker appears to have plateaued, and iPhone unit sales are expected to fall for the first time during the current quarter. Article

> AT&T posted mixed quarterly results, adding 2.8 million new connections but seeing a drop in wireless revenue year-over-year. Article

And finally… The owner of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals said a battle with the Baltimore Orioles over TV rights has hindered his team's ability to build a competitive roster. Washington Post story

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