Capitalist internet in a communist Cuba

It has taken about a week, but news agencies are finally coming around to realize what we and many others have been saying from the first day the Castro dictatorship announced it was providing “internet access” to regular Cubans: It is all a ruse. The exorbitant cost (one-week’s salary for an hour of access) puts access way out of reach for the vast majority of Cubans and for the tiny fraction who can afford it, the “internet” being provided by the Castro dictatorship is actually an intranet that is highly filtered and highly monitored by Cuban State Security.

Nevertheless, for the “journalists” covering Cuba, better late than never.

Via CNet:

Cuba debuts Internet centers, but can people afford them? island nation opens more than 100 public Internet centers across the country, but the cost for one hour online is equal to 25 percent of the average worker’s monthly salary.

One of the most closed-off countries in the world has finally started to roll out Internet for its citizens. The Cuban government has officially opened 118 public Internet centers across the country, according to the Associated Press.

Up until now, computers with Internet access were sparse on the island. Besides a few universities and employers offering access, some of the only places to get online were tourist hotels that charged up to $8 an hour for erratic Wi-Fi, according to the Associated Press.

The Cuban government estimates that only 2.9 percent of the country’s citizens get online, according to the Associated Press. Some analysts put the number closer to 5 percent to 10 percent. This is still low, however — in the U.S., nearly 80 percent of people have Internet access, according to Internet World Stats.

While public Internet centers are a major step forward for a nation that has been accused of online censorship and strict communication restrictions, the cost of Internet use is so high that it will most likely remain out of reach for many Cubans.

The service costs $4.50 per hour, according to the Associated Press, but the average wage for the majority of Cubans is $20 per month (food, education, healthcare, and other costs are subsidized by the government).

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1 thought on “Capitalist internet in a communist Cuba”

  1. Don’t you just love this phrase? – (food, education, healthcare, and other costs are subsidized by the government).

    People read this and thank her for her information, yet.

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