Wireless companies looking to smart-grids; RUS under scrutiny for broadband loans

> Wireless companies are increasingly turning their attention to smart-grid technology, a business that could add another revenue stream. Article (sub. req.)

> The Rural Utilities Service has come under scrutiny for granting loans to areas that already have broadband access and to communities near major cities. Article

> Mobile broadband operators should look to methods besides data caps to counter data hogs. Commentary

> Sony, Toshiba and Qualcomm joined the Femto Forum. Article

> Arcep, France's telecom regulator, has given the country's 3G operators until the end of the year to reach a network-sharing framework--and if no agreement is reached, Arcep said it will impose sharing conditions on the industry. Article

> Intel's mobility group took a big hit in first-quarter earnings, with net revenue falling from $3.5 billion last year to $2.9 billion in the first quarter of 2009. Article

> The EU is preparing to issue new rules that will prevent European operators from blocking VoIP traffic. Article

And finally... A village 25 miles northeast of London is considering using unrepaired potholes as a way to deter speeding. Article