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Cuba’s dictatorship claims it will offer home internet service by end of 2014

The Castro dictatorship is claiming it will begin offering internet service to homes in late 2014. If indeed the Cuban regime does offer the service, one can rest assured access will be highly censored and all internet traffic will be closely monitored. Moreover, the cost associated with this service is certain to be exorbitant, but will no doubt provide a new product to spend some of the millions in remittances that pour into the island every year and a new revenue stream for Cuba's repressive totalitarian dictatorship.

Via Cuba Headlines:

Cuba Plans Internet in Homes by Late 2014

http://www.cubaheadlines.com/sites/default/files/computers_and_internet/internet_cuba_2.jpgCuba’s state-run telecom company ETECSA plans to begin offering in-home Internet connections by late 2014, a director of the company said.

“We’re thinking of reaching homes with ADSL technology. We’re trying to drop telephone access, since besides its poor quality, the telephone network is not designed for this kind of access,” Jorge Legra, ETECSA director of strategic programs, said.

“We could be talking about the last quarter of 2014,” Legra said, adding that the service will first be available in areas of the country that have the right technical facilities to make the connection.

In Cuba, with its 15 percent Internet access, the vast majority of inhabitants cannot go online at home, a privilege reserved for professionals like doctors, journalists, academics, intellectuals and artists.

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1 comment to Cuba’s dictatorship claims it will offer home internet service by end of 2014

  • Rayarena

    Part of the Cuban PR strategy has always been to emit press releases claiming that by next year, or after a certain amount of time, or that they are studying a proposal, etc...to do this or that. Needless to say, the mainstream media laps it up and then claims that Cuba is reforming. When the time comes and goes and Cuba does nothing, the news fizzles out, but nobody questions why the reform never occurred. That said, the PR strategy works, becuase in the minds of the masses, the so-called reform took place. You see, people are passive readers, they don't follow up and only read what newspapers like the pro-castro New York Times that dominate the American mainstream media says.

    Anyway, if it they institute this change, as Alberto says, it will be beyond the monetary reach of the average Cuba and will be strictly controlled. It's curious, by the way, that the article says:

    "We’re trying to drop telephone access, since besides its poor quality, the telephone network is not designed for this kind of access,” Jorge Legra, ETECSA director of strategic programs, said."

    Curious, because Cuba's telephone company is run by an Italian firm that was at one time harshly criticized for providing the regime with information about dissidents. This company was actually spying on Cubans on behalf of the regime. Perhaps the regime feels that they can controlled the Internet better. With the tyranny, there is always some ulterior motive that benefits it.