So much emphasis has been placed on the so-called US embargo on Cuba that nothing has been mentioned concerning the Castro regime’s information blockade on its citizens. Besides the full cooperation of the Main Stream Media (MSM) with the Castro regime concerning bias reporting from the island itself, there’s another form of embargo which is never mentioned. Learn a little more in this report from Reuters (Complete):
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans remain extraordinarily isolated from information technology, with only 2.9% reporting regular use of the Internet and 5.8% regular use of e-mail, according to a government survey released on Thursday.
Just 2.6% said they regularly used cell phones, according to the poll conducted by the National Statistics Office and posted on its web page (ONE.CU).
The statistics office, which queried 38,000 homes, found almost all users accessed the Internet at work or school, as few have it at home.
Internet access in the Communist-run country is highly restricted and users must obtain government authorization.
Cuba’s failure to embrace modern telecommunications is a major complaint among citizens under 50 years old, who cite it as one of the reasons they seek to migrate abroad.
Revolutionary Cuba largely blames its technological isolation on the United States trade embargo against the island.
The government’s 2009 statistical abstract reported that there were 1.6 million Internet users, or 14.2 per 100 residents, but in most cases they used a government-controlled intranet with limited access to the world wide web.
Cuba’s Internet use trails much of the world and all of its neighbors.
In Jamaica, Internet access was 53.27 per 100 inhabitants in 2008 and in the the Dominican Republic 25.87%, the International Telecommunications Union reported in 2009.
In Haiti, just 10.42% had Internet access, the ITU said.
Cuba only legalized cell phones in 2008 and as of the end of 2009, there were 800,000 being used in the country, according to government figures.
Including mobile and land lines, Cuba has just 1.8 million phone lines, or 15.5 for every 100 people, the lowest in its region, the ITU said.
The poll found that 31.4% of respondents had access to computers, but more than 85 percent said the computers were located at work or school. Cuba legalized the purchase of computers in 2008.
There is no broadband in Cuba and the relatively few Internet users in the country suffer through long waits to open an e-mail, let alone view a photo or video. This also hampers government and business operations.
Access to satellite television was not included in the survey as it is illegal without special permission from the government and authorities regularly raid neighborhoods and homes in search of satellite equipment.
The government says the 48-year-old U.S. trade sanctions force it to get the Internet via satellite, which is expensive and slow.
Plans to lay a fiber optic cable with Venezuela have been repeatedly delayed.
Last year, in a move easing some aspects of the embargo, President Barack Obama allowed U.S. telecommunications firms to offer services in Cuba as part of a strategy to increase “people to people” contact.
While Cuba’s leaders welcomed the move, they reiterated their demand that Washington completely lift the embargo and to date there has been no progress, business sources said.
Various mobile phone companies recently petitioned the U.S. administration to loosen regulations further.
Cuban officials say data for use and ownership of computers and telephones is misleading, as priority is given to using telecommunications technology for “social causes” such as health and education.
The poll, performed in February and March, questioned respondents about their Internet and cell phone use during the previous 12 months. It had a margin error of under 5%, the statistics office said. Read Again Here
But there’s something wrong here, as the article steers the reader back to the so-called US Embargo and disturbingly attempts to connect both. The truth of the matter is that in Cuba NOBODY can FREELY use the internet and that’s the way it goes in a Communist system. The Chinese have the same ban on it’s citizens and their economy is in great shape. Cuba has it’s internet service but their customers are tourists only and that’s also why it’s citizens are not allowed to enter the Internet Cafes. Here’s another company which Cuban citizens can use and there’s more. Reporters Without Borders released a PDF in 2006 explaining how the Cuban Internet is monitored by the Castro regime. Cuba has an Intranet and their own Email service, controlled by the Castro regime, so they can “Blockade” the Cuban citizens and prevent them from accessing the W.W.W. (The World Wide Web).
What is an Intranet:
Definition: Intranet is the generic term for a collection of private computer networks within an organization. An intranet uses network technologies as a tool to facilitate communication between people or workgroups to improve the data sharing capability and overall knowledge base of an organization’s employees….Read More
So does it really matter if Cuba had a state-of-the-art internet service and if all it’s citizens would be able to go online? And let’s say there was no internet at all throughout the whole world. The Cuban citizens would still have a choice of only Communist newspapers to read. Only Communist Castro regime newspapers can be read, now and since the Castro regime came into existence in 1959! Another words, what’s the difference?