BigBand sales drop; Comcast spends $4.2 million in 4Q on lobbying efforts

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> The bad news for BigBand Networks (Nasdaq: BBND) is that its sales declined 23 percent in the fourth quarter. Story.

> The good news for BigBand Networks is China's Jiangsu Broadcasting Television Network Corporation has become the company's fist switched digital video deployment outside North America. News release.

> Compared to the $30 billion it put out to acquire NBCUniversal, Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) $4.2 million bill for fourth quarter lobbying is pocket change. Story.

> In a good news/bad news story, Broadcom's fourth quarter earnings more than quadrupled but it's future projections were more in line with what Wall Street expects. Story.

> Insight Communications has signed on to use Arris' software to improve DOCSIS-based services. News release.

> A top telecom aide to former Congressman Rick Boucher, Amy Levine, has apparently found a soft landing with the FCC where she will work on spectrum policy. Story.

> News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) has brought aboard former AOL exec John McKinley to serve as CTO and president of technology for its Digital Media Group. Story.

And finally ... if Comcast can buy NBCUniversal, why can't Bell Canada take over broadcaster CTV? Story.