Cuba tries offering home internet access
Locals won’t always have to go to public hotspots.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
It’s all well and good that Google is offering faster access to its
services in Cuba, but there’s a glaring problem: most Cubans have to go
out of their way to use them. Home internet access isn’t an option, so
most residents have to either crowd around public WiFi hotspots or sit
down at an internet terminal. Things are looking up, though: Cuba’s
state-owned telecom ETECSA is launching a trial for home internet
access. About 2,000 homes in Havana will go online for at least two
months, with promises that the test will expand if it goes well during
the initial period.
The trial coincides with a 25 percent lower internet access fee.
This isn’t quite as earthshaking as it sounds at first. The Cuban
government is still fond of censoring content, and its internet speeds
are sluggish relative to those of neighboring countries. And when
services like Netflix can consume a large chunk of a typical Cuban’s
wages, locals will likely have to be content with free online material.
Nonetheless, this is a big leap forward for a country where internet
access is a relatively rare luxury.
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