Report: More than 28 percent of U.S. rural population lacks mid-range broadband services; KDDI taps Samsung for LTE

> The FCC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new report indicating that more than 28 percent of the U.S. rural population lacks access to broadband service that offers data speeds of at least 3 Mbps. Article

> Samsung announced a deal with Japan's KDDI to supply LTE equipment. The country's second largest operator plans to introduce commercial LTE services in 2012. Article

> A Morpace Omnibus survey, which questioned 490 smartphone users, revealed that more than 50 percent identified increasing downloading and Internet browsing speeds as significant features associated with 4G networks. Report

> Leap Wireless' Cricket subsidiary will launch its first LTE market in Tucson, Ariz., and the company's first LTE device will be a USB modem from Huawei, according to a top executive. Article

And Finally... Scientific evidence that a child whining is one of the most distracting sounds on the planet. Article