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A recent Census Bureau report found that several of the states that have fallen furthest behind on broadband access also have some of the highest levels of poverty in the country, Axios' Kim Hart and Margaret Harding McGill report.
Why it matters: "Inequality and the lack of broadband access have become inherently intertwined in the U.S.," Francella Ochillo, executive director of Next Century Cities, writes for Axios Expert Voices.
Driving the news: Earlier this month, an appeals court upheld the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, but the court also required the agency to address concerns over how the change will affect internet access subsidies for low-income Americans.
What's available: Several major internet service providers offer discounted plans for eligible low-income consumers.
Comcast estimates it has connected 8 million low-income people since its program launched in 2011. In August, it expanded eligibility to include all low-income consumers in its coverage areas.
The bottom line: From the beginning, broadband access was promoted as a means to reduce inequality between urban and rural America, but despite these programs to bridge this original "digital divide," stubborn gaps remains.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Oct. 23 as part of a hearing titled "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors."
Why it matters: Libra, Facebook's cryptocurrency project, faces headwinds from lawmakers and regulators.
A protester throws a tear gas canister fired by police Hong Kong on Oct. 1. Photo: Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
Confronted with evidence of danger to police and citizens, Apple removed an app Wednesday night that, a company statement said, "has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong," Mike Allen reports.
The context: Earlier in the day, the Communist Party's main newspaper, the People's Daily, had criticized Apple, saying the app "facilitates illegal behavior."
From Apple's statement: "Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it. The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement. This app violates our guidelines and local laws, and we have removed it from the App Store."
Police block access to a street near the scene of a shooting that has left 2 people dead. Photo: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images
The alleged shooter who killed 2 people outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Wednesday morning used the platform Twitch to livestream the attack, Amazon confirmed to CNBC.
The big picture: Twitch was designed for video gamers to livestream their activity while chatting with an audience. Livestream services like Twitch and Facebook have had to grapple with several mass shootings worldwide that have been broadcast by perpetrators to amplify the evil acts, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports. In March, a massacre at a mosque in New Zealand was circulated on Facebook.
What we know: The Halle attack occurred on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. At the time of the shooting, 70 to 80 people were inside the synagogue. Shots were also fired at a nearby kebab shop, AP notes.
What they're saying:
"We can not just tolerate hatred on the internet — hatred has nothing to do with freedom of expression."— Federal Minister of the Interior of Germany Horst Seehofer said in a statement
"Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. We are working with urgency to remove this content and permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act."— a Twitch spokesperson told CNBC
As pressure mounts from an activist investor, AT&T said Wednesday it will sell its wireless and wired assets in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for about $2 billion to Liberty Latin America, Margaret reports.
Why it matters: AT&T is looking for assets to sell to alleviate debt, and analysts say the properties in the hurricane-prone islands are a logical target.
The big picture: The company is feeling the heat after a letter from Elliott Management criticizing AT&T’s strategy and its past acquisitions.
Yes, but: "They might have surpassed their own goal. They have probably not surpassed Elliott's goal," said Roger Entner, founder of Recon Analytics. "And they still have to work around that. Elliott is certainly looming here in the background."
What's next: Analysts say to expect AT&T to divest more assets as it tries to stay ahead of the pressure.
For those of us dealing with Northern California's pre-emptive blackout mess, here's a little dark Twitter humor to lighten things up.