Civil rights and minority groups agree with operators about broadband plan; consumers like smartphones

> A coalition of civil rights and minority groups has joined Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA and other wireless players in asking federal regulators to make wireless Internet be a key component of a new national broadband plan, and to give priority to minority communities and minority-owned businesses. Article

> According to new research by Yankee Group, 41 percent of consumers are likely to choose a smartphone as their next mobile device, a trend that could alter the relationship between handset OEMs and wireless carriers. Article

> The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a confirmation hearing June 16 to consider Julius Genachowski's nomination to be the next chairman of the FCC. Article

> Netbooks vs. smartbooks: what are the similarities and differences? Article

> NTT DoCoMo is set to invest $3.06 billion to $4.07 billion in its Long Term Evolution network during the next five years, The Nikkei reported. Article

And Finally... Operator's concerns about interference between femtocells are unfounded if proper management techniques are implemented corrected, according to Qualcomm. Article