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[liberationtech] Cuba: 5% Internet penetration

Myself falcocom25 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 16:34:29 PST 2015


You are using the Internet now. Are you a slave? Are you more equal than
others to deserve it better and decide for them?
On Jan 5, 2015 7:16 PM, "J.M. Porup" <jm at porup.com> wrote:

> The Cuban people deserve to be free. How did Cory Doctorow put it?
> Information doesn't want to be free, people do.
>
> The question is, will information free the Cuban people? Or will it
> enslave them?
>
> JMP
>
>
> On 01/05/15 19:02, Myself wrote:
> > Hollywood and Google belong to the Defense Department, Facebook is CIA
> > and it's all controlled by the Illuminati and E.T., still, Cubans
> > deserve Internet access like everybody else. Checking my cable modem
> > now, Batista may be creeping up the coaxial :)
> >
> > On Jan 5, 2015 6:22 PM, "J.M. Porup" <jm at porup.com
> > <mailto:jm at porup.com>> wrote:
> >
> >     As a journalist who's spent a long time covering (and living in)
> Latin
> >     America, I observe that American culture--that is, *information*--is
> a
> >     major tool in maintaining regional hegemony.
> >
> >     In other words, Hollywood and Google both belong to the Defense
> >     Department.
> >
> >     If I were Cuba, why would I want to make it easy for the jackbooted
> (if
> >     red white and blue) thug next door to stomp all over me and
> re-install
> >     the next Batista?
> >
> >     JMP
> >
> >     --
> >     J.M. Porup
> >     www.JMPorup.com <http://www.JMPorup.com>
> >
> >     PGP fingerprint:
> >
> >     1442 C867 3E9D 14A1 58FC
> >     2266 6AC3 56C1 D73A 6884
> >
> >     On 01/05/15 15:59, Myself wrote:
> >     > Under the new measures announced by the Obama administration in
> >     December
> >     > 2014, Cuban exiles can buy and send to the island satellite
> Internet
> >     > equipment, Wi-Fi routers, repeaters and pay for this service for
> their
> >     > relatives in Cuba. American companies such as HughesNet provide
> >     Internet
> >     > service with plans starting at $40 a month for a 5 megabits plan.
> Cuba
> >     > is in the coverage area, already some Cubans illegally connect to
> the
> >     > internet this way. This wouldn't require any infrastructure costs
> from
> >     > the Cuban government, in fact, small neighborhood service
> >     providers via
> >     > Wi-Fi could be legalized and the government could collect taxes
> from
> >     > them in a similar way they are taxing "cuentapropistas" (small
> >     business
> >     > owners) now.
> >     >
> >     > In a matter of months most neighborhoods in Cuba could be
> connected.
> >     > Cuban exiles have the economic means and desire to communicate with
> >     > their families over the Internet. The only thing standing in the
> >     way are
> >     > Cuban custom's regulations and the Cuban government's willingness
> to
> >     > allow Internet access in a massive scale. The Cuban government
> should
> >     > stop blaming the embargo for the lack of Internet access and start
> >     > moving forward, it's time to put some pressure on them too.
> >     >
> >     > More info (Spanish):
> >     >
> >     >
> >     >         Exiliados cubanos podrían costear acceso a Internet:
> >     >
> >
> http://www.cubanet.org/tecnologia-2/exiliados-cubanos-podrian-costear-acceso-a-internet/
> >     >
> >     > regards,
> >     > Rafael
> >     > www.lasingularidad.com <http://www.lasingularidad.com>
> >     <http://www.lasingularidad.com>
> >     > PGP
> >     <
> http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xA5BA76902CB232E3>
> >     >
> >     > On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM, Myself <falcocom25 at gmail.com
> >     <mailto:falcocom25 at gmail.com>
> >     > <mailto:falcocom25 at gmail.com <mailto:falcocom25 at gmail.com>>>
> wrote:
> >     >
> >     >     Hold your horses, the Cuban government's restrictions haven't
> >     >     changed a bit. This new deal has so far been one sided and
> >     >     overhyped. Satellite, Wi-Fi equipment is still banned at cuban
> >     >     customs and just last week a Cuban was sentenced to three
> >     years for
> >     >     providing satellite service. Raids on the barrio offline Wi-Fi
> >     >     networks have been rampant this year.
> >     >     It's too early to tell if the new measures will mean more
> openness
> >     >     or more wariness on the cuban side. Proceed with caution and
> >     without
> >     >     jeopardizing american citizens in the process.
> >     >
> >     >
> >
> http://www.cubanet.org/noticias/desmantela-etecsa-red-clandestina-de-wi-fi-en-vibora-park/
> >     >
> >     >
> >
> http://www.miscelaneasdecuba.net/web/Article/Index/548e5be53a682e084cff2ad0#.VJNBmXuWmQc
> >     >
> >     >     regards,
> >     >     Rafael
> >     >     www.lasingularidad.com <http://www.lasingularidad.com>
> >     <http://www.lasingularidad.com>
> >     >
> >     >     PGP
> >     >
> >      <
> http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xA5BA76902CB232E3>
> >     >
> >     >     On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Yosem Companys
> >     >     <companys at stanford.edu <mailto:companys at stanford.edu>
> >     <mailto:companys at stanford.edu <mailto:companys at stanford.edu>>>
> wrote:
> >     >
> >     >         From: Claro Noda <noda at complexperiments.net
> >     <mailto:noda at complexperiments.net>
> >     >         <mailto:noda at complexperiments.net
> >     <mailto:noda at complexperiments.net>>>
> >     >
> >     >         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.
> >     >
> >     >
> >
> http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/12/17/white-house-fact-sheet-on-cuba-whats-changing/
> >     >
> >     >         this might be relevant to the list.
> >     >
> >     >         regards,
> >     >         Claro.
> >     >         --
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