Google signs deal with Castro dictatorship to bring faster internet to Cuba, sort of. . .

The headlines over the past day have been touting the new “deal” signed between Google and Cuba’s Castro dictatorship. According to reports, the American tech giant has signed an MOU with ETECSA, the Cuban dictatorship’s telecommunications monopoly, to bring faster internet to the communist island nation (via Engadet):

Today, Google signed a memorandum with Cuba’s telecom monopoly ETECSA to create a cost-free connection between the two networks. Doing so will boost Cuba’s internet speeds…

But as with all things having to do with Cuba’s corrupt and brutally repressive totalitarian dictatorship, the devil is in the details:

[B]ut this peering agreement comes with a catch. Cuba will first need to install a new undersea fiber-optic cable to physically connect its network with a Google “point of presence.” And that could take years.

Once the fiber optic cable is in place, Cuban citizens will have faster access to content hosted on Google servers, and the Cuban government will see cost savings. At the moment, ETECSA must pay third-party fees for passing traffic to sites like YouTube, Google Maps and

If the Cuban people have to wait for the Castro dictatorship to shell out tens of millions of dollars for them to have faster internet access, they are going to be waiting a very, very long time. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean the Castro dictatorship won’t go through with the fiber optic connection. If they can find a willing dupe to finance the fiber optic cable to connect with Google, they will likely move forward, but only to benefit the totalitarian regime.

Cubans may be enjoying faster internet connections in the future, but they will also be subjected to a whole new level of surveillance and control by the Castro police state. And considering Google’s dubious deals with China, where they have created tools for the communist dictatorship to censor content and monitor internet users (see HERE, HERE, and HERE), Cubans may end up with an even more oppressive police state.

With Google’s resources, they could have come up with new and innovative ways to bypass the oppressive Castro dictatorship and give Cubans expanded and uncensored access to the internet. Instead, they chose to strike a deal with the tyranny that oppresses them.