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Photo: Verizon

Verizon announced that, starting Thursday, customers in its four 5G launch markets will be able to sign up for Internet service. The service will launch Oct. 1 in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento .

Be smart: Unlike 5G mobile service, which isn't due until next year, Verizon is using the wireless technology to deliver home Internet service.

The details:

  • Starting Thursday, people can check whether their homes are covered at FirstOn5G.com.
  • Customers will get three months free. After that Verizon Wireless subscribers will pay $50 per month, while non-wireless subscribers will pay $70 per month.
  • 5G Home customers will also get YouTube TV free the first three months (it will cost $40 per month after that) and also receive a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device when service is installed.

Verizon, like other major cell phone providers, plans to launch 5G mobile phone service next year. But it saw an opportunity to use an early version of the technology as a way to compete with cable and other providers in what's known as fixed wireless service.

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U.S. tops 88,000 COVID-19 cases, setting new single-day record

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Data: COVID Tracking Project; Chart: Axios Visuals

The United States reported 88,452 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The country confirmed 1,049 additional deaths due to the virus, and there are over 46,000 people currently being hospitalized, suggesting the U.S. is experiencing a third wave heading into the winter months.

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  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases.
  4. Sports: MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.
  5. 🎧Podcast: The vaccine race turns toward nationalism.

The norms around science and politics are cracking

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Crafting successful public health measures depends on the ability of top scientists to gather data and report their findings unrestricted to policymakers.

State of play: But concern has spiked among health experts and physicians over what they see as an assault on key science protections, particularly during a raging pandemic. And a move last week by President Trump, via an executive order, is triggering even more worries.