Surprise! Internet access in Castro Kingdom is still awful.
Awww... but wasn't that fiber optic cable from Venenozuela supposed to open up the island to the outside world ???
What went wrong?
No surprise here for those who understand the mindset of Castrogonia's rulers, but at least the issue is being addressed by some savvy outsiders...
From the Institute on War and Peace Reporting:
Tight Controls Over Cuban Web Access
Government slowly making internet more widely available, but it’s expensive and many sites are blocked.
By Nico Cervantes - Latin America
Internet users in Cuba say the first few months of an initiative to increase access to the web have been marred by tight government controls and censorship.
Access has also been restricted by high costs and the uneven distribution of the 118 public access points, similar to internet cafes, across Cuba.
The 70 million dollar project was launched in early June by the state telecoms monopoly ETESCA. (See Cubans Get Web Access, But Costs Are High.)
On the technical side, the service has been boosted by a fibreoptic cable connecting Cuba with Venezuela, Havana’s principal political ally. Jorge Luis Legrá, ETECSA’s director of strategic programmes, told the Juventud Rebelde newspaper that the link would double Cuba’s internet capacity.
Deputy communications minister Wilfredo González said the only limits to access were technological and financial.
He failed to mention censorship, a feature that has become apparent to those attempting to use the service.
Users have to sign terms and conditions warning them that they may be banned for “actions that ETECSA or the administrative and judicial might consider harmful or damaging to… independence and national sovereignty”.
Anyone wanting to open a permanent account must present their identity card and fill out forms providing personal details.
Once online, users will find that many websites are blocked, including those critical of the Cuban government. These include the news sites Martí Noticias and Cubaencuentro as well as blogs such as www.elblogdemontaner.com and www.oswaldopaya.org.
Also blocked is the Spanish-language news site www.libertaddigital.com, which reported the death of opposition leader Oswaldo Paya last year in a car accident which the dissident’s family said was caused by the authorities.