Google plans to convey web to Cuba, Obama says
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Google can be one of many first American corporations to assist open up Cuba to the web, President Obama introduced this morning throughout his historic go to. “One of many issues that we’ll be saying right here is that Google has a deal to start out establishing extra WiFi and broadband entry on the island,” he stated in an interview with ABC Information. It is nonetheless unclear what, precisely, Google plans to launch, however we have reached out for extra remark. The information comes greater than a yr after the US introduced hotter relations with Cuba, which introduced with it the likelihood for American corporations to do enterprise within the nation.
Early final yr, Cuba additionally launched its first public Wi-Fi hotspots in its second largest metropolis, however its $four.50 hourly charge was too costly for many of its residents. And this yr, the nation’s state-owned ISP additionally introduced that it might be bringing house broadband connections to some neighborhoods in Previous Havana. Even when Cubans can afford to get on-line with these choices, they will nonetheless should cope with web censorship.
Google won’t be capable of do a lot about content material restrictions from Cuba, however given its infrastructure experience, I would not be stunned if it delivers a less expensive means for individuals to get on-line.