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[liberationtech] Cuba: 5% Internet penetration

J.M. Porup jm at porup.com
Tue Jan 6 01:25:20 PST 2015


Can't you see the bars of your cage?

https://twitter.com/SwiftOnSecurity/status/500130322810273794


On 01/05/15 19:34, Myself wrote:
> 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
> <mailto: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>
>     > <mailto: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> <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>
>     >     <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>>
>     >     > <mailto: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>
>     >     <http://www.lasingularidad.com>
>     >     >
>     >     >     PGP
>     >     >
>     >     
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>     >     >
>     >     >     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>>
>     >     <mailto: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>>
>     >     >         <mailto: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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