AT&T, T-Mobile merger an 'historic mistake'; NCTA calls on RUS to stop lending

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Mincing no words, Congressman ED Markey said that a proposed merger of AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile would be an "historic mistake." Story

> The NCTA has asked the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to stop giving out money until it sorts out its broadband loans program. News release.

> One way for broadcasters to polish and revise their image is to take on a new name, a Television Broadcast item suggests. Story.

> There's some thought that Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), ever-eager to enter the TV business, could do it through Skype. Story.

And finally ... BCM is working with Arris and BigBand to demonstrate EBIF at a CableLabs interop. News release.

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