Internet for everyone in Cuba, eventually

Castro deputy minister of informatics and communications, Ramon Linares, declared that every Cuban who has a phone line has a right to an internet connection, eventually.

Cubans with a telephone landline will have a “right” to an Internet connection at home, a deputy minister said, according to official news service Prensa Latina.

Every Cuban with a phone connection must have, as a general policy, a right to an Internet connection, Prensa Latina paraphrased Ramón Linares, deputy minister of informatics and communications. However, the low number of private phone connections “is one of the impediments” for the deployment of Internet access.

“Technological and financial shortcomings in the short run will impede” a massive deployment of connectivity, the article says. The government will prioritize public centers for Internet access, and increased deployment in schools, research institutions and hospitals.

“The deployment of connectivity won’t be resolved from one day to the next because it costs a lot of money and other investments are necessary,” Linares said, according to Prensa Latina.

This is the same regime that says every Cuban is free to express themselves. That Cuba is a democracy. That in Cuba there are free elections.

My guess is that every Cuban will have the right to access the internet about the same time that Cubans can express themselves freely, there is democracy on the island, and free and fair multi-party elections are held. Before that, it is about as probable as free expression, democracy, and free elections under the Castro regime.

5 thoughts on “Internet for everyone in Cuba, eventually”

  1. The regime is aware that every time that they make a statement that sounds like a reform, the MSM slavishly and uncritically regurgitates it. So, the castro tyranny doesn’t actually have to institute any type reform at all. All that they have to do is to say that they’re going to do this or that and that’s enough. Since the MSM will not follow up or be critical in any way, shape or form—and since most readers are lazy non-analytical readers—it appears as if they are really making reforms. It’s a wonderful win-win for them.

  2. I meant to copy this text into the previous comment:

    expected to be fully operational by July, will give Cuba a data transmission speed of 640 gigabytes, 3,000 times more than the actual one.

    Nevertheless, officials have said financial and technological problems will not allow for the extension of Internet use in the short term, and residents will have to continue to rely on local computer clubs, work places and schools.

  3. As the French say, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” So no, nothing will really change, certainly not if Castro, Inc. can help it.

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