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New York Times discovers Cuba’s ‘new’ internet service is a sham

Reluctantly, I am sure, the New York Times concedes that the new internet cafés in Cuba being touted by the Castro dictatorship and its sycophants here in the U.S. are really nothing more than a sham.

Salons or Not, Cyberspace Is Still a Distant Place for Most Cubans

[...] “This is like a Three Kings’ Day gift,” Mr. García said of his newfound Internet access, referring to the Jan. 6 holiday when people dressed as the Magi hand out goodies to children.

But as gifts go, it is extremely expensive, he said. At $4.50 an hour, a session at one of the new cybersalons costs almost as much as the average state worker earns in a week, prompting many Cubans to wonder whether President Raúl Castro is serious about bringing the Internet to the masses, or just playing for time.

“At this price, hardly anyone is going to be using it,” said Mr. García, who figured he could afford to buy an hour or two a week because his daughter helped him out and he had just sold his house.

Cuba’s limited Internet access is a source of festering resentment among Cubans, millions of whom have never been online. Some people — medics, for example, or journalists — qualify for a dial-up connection at home. Others use pirated connections, rent time on a neighbor’s line or log on at a hotel, where they pay about $8 an hour. Many trade information on memory sticks or rely on stodgy state-run periodicals for news.

“We are living in the back of a cave,” said Walfrido López, a Cuban blogger and information technology specialist. “People here are asleep, because they don’t have information.”

He added, “Having information is what enables you to make decisions, take positions.”

Government figures indicate 26 percent of Cubans had Internet access last year, but this includes millions who entered only an intranet linked to their work.

Read the entire article HERE.

3 comments to New York Times discovers Cuba’s ‘new’ internet service is a sham

  • asombra

    This is a stopped-clock situation, if you get my drift.

  • Rayarena

    Exactly, Asombra, a stopped-clock situation. The regime's modus operandi has always been to announce this or that reform--knowing full well that the MSM would breathlessly report on it, and thus give them free PR-- and then simply not to initiate the so-called reform, change understanding that the MSM would not report that it was never carried through. Cuba usually stops the clock halfway. Unfortunately for raul, in this singular case, the MSM is reporting on the ineffectiveness and incompletion of the project, and thus shining a light on his lie. Rather unusual if you ask me, but fortunate for those on the side of the truth.

    A rather good article, another unusual thing for the NYT's, but the NYT's has in the past published one good or descent article only to be followed by several pro-castro ones.

  • asombra

    Ray, I meant even the NYT is occasionally accurate about Cuba, as even a stopped clock is right twice a day.