Telesphere lands funding; Copper thieves strike Cleveland

> Managed VoIP services provider Telesphere, run by telecom industry veterans, receives $15 million in funding.

> Copper thieves cause Cleveland area service outage for about 2,000 AT&T customers.

> Verizon sues West Virginia Department of Transportation over damage caused to underground cables.

> Level 3 Communications works to push middle-mile bandwidth to underserved rural broadband markets.

> Former CEO of West Virginia ISP awaits sentencing after pleading guilty in money laundering case.