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[liberationtech] Telecommunications to Cuba in New Policies
collin at averysmallbird.com
Wed Dec 17 11:32:02 PST 2014
In case this was lost in the news of rapprochement with Cuba, a central
aspect of the new policy includes new authorizations on the export of
information technology and connectivity. There is no clear guidance or
legal framework as of yet, but these should be forthcoming in the next few
*Initiating new efforts to increase Cubans’ access to communications and
their ability to communicate freely-*
- 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.
- 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.
*Collin David Anderson*
averysmallbird.com | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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