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Internet access in Cuba has become available in universities, governmental agencies, foreign embassies and foreign business interest facilities. The average Cuban citizen does not have personal access to the Internet in Cuba for a variety of reasons including: cost (approximately $260 per month), lack of adequate Internet infrastructure, general prohibition by the Cuban government, etc. We want LINUX® users and user groups to work with us to develop www.cubalinux.com.
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"The Great Possibilities of the Internet in Cuba
John H. Barksdale and Byron L. Barksdale
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The theme of the Cuba Pavilion at the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York City was The Great Possibilities of Cuba. As we enter the new millenium, perhaps a new theme for Cuba should be: The Great Possibilities of the Internet in Cuba if a feasible transition can occur to allow all sectors , public and private, to more openly access the Internet in Cuba.
Traditionally, since the discovery of Cuba by Columbus in 1492, the economy of Cuba has been commodity based. While biotechnology and tourism have recently been engines of growth for a New Cuban economy, the historical commercial exports of Cuba remain sugar, tobacco, coffee, seafood, citrus and tropical fruits. Today, Cuba has produced a very effective vaccine against Type B Neisseria meningococcal meningitis which international pharmaceutical giants hope to reproduce. Each year, over one million tourists visit Cuba bringing with them stories and discussions of the world beyond Cuban shores, including the World of the Internet.
Since Cuba has become more tolerant of religious freedom and ways to pursue commercial enterprises in Cuba, the time is ripe for the international community to pursue an expansion of the Internet to more citizens of Cuba. The Catholic Church and Cuban government jointly pursue mutually beneficial outcomes in regard to religion in Cuba. Perhaps, this mutually beneficial template used by the Church and Cuban government can be replicated to further build and expand the Internet in Cuba. Nauta cybercafes are more common in Cuba now. Per President Obana's announcement on December 17, 2014, USA firms who are willing to open a dialogue with Cuba concerning a joint Cuban government/private enterprise Internet in Cuba may indeed realize The Great Possibilities of the Internet in Cuba in 2015. The following information was released from the Office of the Press Secretary, the White House (December, 2014):
• Cuba has an internet penetration of about five percent—one
of the lowest rates in the world. The cost of telecommunications in Cuba is
exorbitantly high, while the services offered are extremely limited. (See updated
• The commercial export of certain items that will contribute to the ability of the Cuban people to communicate with people in the United States and the rest of the world will be authorized. This will include the commercial sale of certain consumer communications devices, related software, applications, hardware, and services, and items for the establishment and update of communications-related systems.
• Telecommunications providers will be allowed to establish the necessary mechanisms, including infrastructure, in Cuba to provide commercial telecommunications and internet services, which will improve telecommunications between the United States and Cuba. (Source, The White House)
Updated information: Today, Cuba announced the expansion of WiFi to 35 "hotspot" access points across the country (July 2, 2015). The cost for use has been reduced to $2 per hour from $4.50 per hour.
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