Cuba to Open Public Internet Outlets

HAVANA, May 28 2013 (IPS) Cuba will continue to prioritise public Internet access over connectivity in private homes, as indicated by a government announcement Tuesday that 118 new public cyber salons would open nationwide as canada goose outlet online of early June.

The government controlled press reported on a communications ministry resolution Tuesday that said one hour online in the new outlets would cost the Canada Goose sale equivalent of 4.50 dollars, payable in 4.50 CUCs or convertible pesos, to which only a small canada goose outlet online uk part of the Cuban population of 11.2 million has access.

That amount is equivalent to 108 Cuban canada goose outlet store uk pesos, the currency earned by most Cubans. “I cannot possibly afford that on my pension of 270 pesos a month,” retired journalist and university professor Enrique Lpez Oliva told IPS.

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Readers of the newspaper Juventud Rebelde, which expanded on the information, had similar complaints. “It looks like whoever set these prices lives in another country or earns a salary wholly in CUCs,” canada goose outlet parka commented one reader who identified himself as J. Prez.

But the canada goose uk shop price for surfing the domestic Intranet will be 0.60 CUCs (14.40 pesos) an hour. And buy canada goose jacket access to the international email service will cost 1.50 CUCs (36 pesos) an hour.

Internet, Intranet and email services in Cuba are provided by the state owned canada goose outlet canada telecoms company ETECSA, which has a monopoly over the informatics and communications sector.

The official resolution specifies that clients cannot use Internet services to carry out actions harmful to “public security, the economy, cheap canada goose independence and national sovereignty” a warning apparently aimed at dissident groups, which the government considers “mercenaries in the pay” of a hostile foreign power, the United States.

Juventud Rebelde wrote that the expansion of connectivity was in line with the Cuban strategy canada goose clearance sale of canada goose uk canada goose outlet black friday facilitating growing access to new technologies, depending on the canada goose jacket outlet availability of funds and resources, and based on an approach that puts a priority on the social good.

It added canada goose outlet uk that the canada goose outlet reviews new cyber salons were made possible by the underwater fibre optic cable running from Guaira in northern Venezuela to Siboney in eastern Cuba, which permits the high quality, high speed and stable transmission of a large amount of canada goose clearance information. economic and technological embargo for goose outlet canada the high local cost of Internet connections, and for canada goose outlet shop the serious problems in web services in this Caribbean island nation.

Cuba has a minimum bandwidth of 323 megabits per second via satellite, but various sources say the fibre optic cable will increase the current transmission speed by a factor of 3,000 and will cut operating costs by 25 percent, although the satellite services will continue to function.

A tiny cheap Canada Goose minority of Cubans have access to the Internet, the Intranet or email service in their homes, basically by dial up. Another small minority can afford the steep prices of cybercafs, mainly in hotels, which charge around eight dollars an hour.

In its report this year to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Cuban delegation stated that the country had 783,000 personal computers as of Canada Goose online the end of 2011. Of that total, an estimated 18 https://www.chinese-sharpei.de percent were in homes and more than 33 percent were in the health, education and culture sectors.

“In addition, 2,610,000 users employ Internet services, 622,000 with full navigation,” added the document, canada goose outlet toronto factory which did not differentiate between “social” and private access the latter of which is limited, by means of payment in national currency, to intellectuals and professionals such as journalists, academics, artists or doctors.


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