Mobile broadband necessary in emerging markets; New study reveals positive attitudes toward mobile devices

> Mobile broadband services will become necessary to remain competitive in emerging markets and will increasingly be used as a substitute for fixed broadband, according to the latest report by Pyramid Research. Article

> Samsung Electronics and Russian WiMAX operator Yota announced the release of a modified Samsung NC10 netbook with a built-in mobile WiMAX module and software to connect to the network operated by Yota. Article

> President Obama's $7 billion-plus plan to bring broadband to rural America could create up to 260,000 new jobs, according to researchers. But some industry executives worry it will take too long to put that money to work. Article

> Thirty-nine percent of connected consumers in the U.S. have "positive and improving attitudes about their mobile communication devices" according to a new study issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Article

And Finally... Irvine Hockaday, Jr. told Sprint Nextel he is resigning from the company's board of directors. Hockaday said he will not stand for re-election at the Sprint's annual shareholder's meeting May 12. Article