CENX closes $12.5M Series D funding round; China Telecom denies broadband throttling claims

More wireline news from across the Web:

> FirstLight Fiber secured an extended line of credit from GE Capital and Webster Bank to continue its fiber network expansion and other growth efforts. Release

> CENX closed a Series D funding round that raised $12.5 million in equity investment that will help the vendor accelerate its SDN and NFV solutions for service providers. Release

> EdgeConneX brought aboard XO Communications veteran Don MacNeil as its chief technical officer, where he'll lead expansion of Edge Data Centers and other infrastructure worldwide. Release

> LastPass is offering a free version of its mobile password manager to consumers to help cybersecurity efforts. ComputerWorld article

> China Telecom Shanghai denied claims that it is deliberately throttling its Internet speeds to force customers to take higher-priced tiers. Yibada article

Wireless News

> Verizon Wireless COO David Small said the carrier has nearly 4 million VoLTE (voice over LTE) customers after less than a year in service. Article

WirelessTech News

> IPass has inked a resale deal with Devicescape to create what it calls the world's "largest commercial Wi-Fi network" with 50 million hotspots. Article

> Gogo, an inflight Wi-Fi provider, will shift some of its traffic to its 2Ku satellite broadband service later this year to ease congestion on its existing ATG network. Article

Cable News

> Philadelphia sent a list of demands to hometown cable company Comcast that include a request for free public Wi-Fi in parks. Article

> Streaming video startup Wurl launched its own ad-tech component for OTT providers, AdSpring, that will help monetize video streams sent via set-top boxes. Article

And finally … Neither the FCC nor AT&T really care about bringing broadband to rural areas, claims Bruce Kushnick, executive director of the New Networks Institute. HuffPost op-ed


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