Comcast Spent $3 Million Lobbying in Q3

If Comcast Corp. isn’t getting what it wants from Congress and the FCC, it’s probably not due to a lack of lobbying.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the nation’s largest cable provider spent $3.2 million lobbying—in just the third quarter of 2008.

If it seems like a lot, keep in mind that Comcast is in the middle of numerous battles in Washington—net neutrality, network throttling, Internet privacy, its placement of the NFL Network channel, the rights of “leased access” programmers, its shifting of channels from analog packages to more expensive digital platforms, local station carriage obligations, retransmission consent fees, ownership limits and signal degradation, to name a few. And that’s not even looking at its growing telephone service.