The future of internet connectivity in Cuba

Posted: 05-Jun-15 09:51

New developments in internet connectivity in Cuba will bring this previously isolated country into the information age, offering many benefits and opportunities for its citizens. President Obama has announced an exciting new approach to internet connectivity in the future.

The future of internet connectivity in Cuba

Cuba is a nation that is disconnected from the Information Age. Surprisingly, only 5% of the 11 million people in Cuba have access to the internet and only two million have mobile communications services.

The infrastructure of the island nature is not very well developed and the services are limited and expensive. Being disconnected in this way is holding back the Cuban people and it is important to develop internet services and get this country connected.

President Obama announced earlier this year that there was a forward looking approach to internet connectivity in Cuba. US Senators Enzi, Durbin, Flake and Udall have introduced bipartisan legislation to give imprimatur to those changes in telecommunications and Internet-related licensing policy.

This legislation is known as the "Cuba Digital and Telecommunications Advancement Act" aka the "Cuba DATA Act". This legislation has been designed to allow the President to permit exports of technology and telecommunications services to Cuba.

This demonstrates that the USA is happy to help the island become less digitally isolated from the rest of the world. Also, it is an important step toward facilitating telecommunication services and technology to the country.

If Cuba agrees, the DATA Act will allow American investment in a large-scale undersea cable that will connect Havana and Miami. It will also allow the sale of services and equipment to Cuba, which will upgrade the wireless networks on the island.

Cubans are on board with these changes, as they see the value of being connected to the internet. They understand that they are being left behind without connectivity and they want to build on their communications infrastructure.

The Cuba DATA Act will benefit Cuba enormously and will bring this country into the information age. The internet offers an incredible amount of benefits, including educational materials, information, news, business opportunities, entertainment and much more. Internet services will enhance the lives of Cubans and encourage the exchange of ideas and communications – making Cuba and the USA much better neighbours.


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