NAB building expensive D.C. digs; Lowe defends 'funny' DirecTV ads

More news bytes from around the World Wide Web.

> Estimates by commercial real estate experts suggest that the NAB's new Washington, D.C., headquarters could cost more than $36 million to build. Story.

> Rob Lowe tweeted a sarcastic defense of his DirecTV ads, noting: "Recent events have underlined my belief that for something to be truly original, funny and subversive there must also be fallout." Story.

> Cox Communications has jacked up broadband speeds on two packages of service available to New England subscribers. Press release.

> Comcast is using Elemental Technologies video processing software to power encoding for its X1 DVR with cloud technology. Story.

> Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) announced Comcast/NBC Universal, Time Warner Cable, Turning Broadcasting System and Suddenlink as 2015 Touchstone partners that support memberships, programs and events through funding and other assistance. Story.

> SaskTel is maintaining its dedication to bring fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to more parts of the country, announcing that it will invest $36 million on the program this year. Full article.

> Silicon maker Altera has broken off talks about a potential acquisition by chipset giant Intel, according to multiple reports, apparently after disagreeing over the price. Full article.

And finally … Bell Media President Kevin Crull abruptly left his post, apparently as a result of an intrusion into CTV and BNN's news coverage of an unfavorable regulatory decision. Story.