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The Circuit: Residential broadband, Zediva ordered to shut down, FCC carriage order

LEADING THE DAY: FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will announce the results of the “Measuring Broadband America” report at the Best Buy in Columbia Heights at 10:30 a.m. The study measured the speed and performance of wireline broadband service delivered to homes.

Consumers Union communications policy counsel Parul Desai and ITIF senior research fellow Richard Bennett will also appear to announce the results of the study, the first nationwide test of residential wireline broadband service.

Zediva ordered to shut down:A federal judge ruled that Zediva, the online video service, violates copyright claims and will order that the service be shut down, CNET reported. Zediva let users access DVDs and DVD players in its facilities over the Internet, maintaining that it did not violate copyright because it functions as a rental service.

In an interview with The Washington Post when the service launched, Zediva co-founder Venky Srinivasan said he didn’t anticipate facing problems over the right to play the movies online.

FCC releases new carriage order: The Federal Communications Commission released a new order Monday on program carriage that will require cable companies to continue carrying channels during carriage disputes. The order drew swift criticism from the National Cable and Television Association, whose president, Michael Powell, said in a statement that the order overreaches the commission’s boundaries. Consumer advocates said the order is a good thing for cable customers, who will not see their programming interrupted during disputes.

Apple in China: A report from Foreign Policy calls Apple’s claims that it’s looking after factory workers in China into question. The report details the experiences of one worker from Wintek a company that makes touchscreens for Apple devices, who said he suffered nerve damage from using a cleaning agent in the factory. The article also includes voices from activists who say Apple’s policy not to disclose its supply chain makes it impossible to hold the companies — and their working conditions — up to public scrutiny.

Apple reveals iCloud pricing: Apple has revealed its pricing structure for its iCloud service in a beta launch for developers, 9 to 5 Mac reported. Subscribers will be given 5GB for free when the service launches, but will also be able to upgrade to 15 GB for $20 per year, 25 GB for $40 per year or 55 GB for $100 per year.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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