Improving Access to Internet and Telecommunications Services in Cuba

Reports indicate that google is setting the stage to enter the Cuban economy and be a major service provider on the island.  In March 2016, Google announced that it would open the Google + Kcho.Mor technological center in Havana to enable Cubans to familiarize themselves with Chromebook laptops and provide free internet access.  Click here for more information on issues like this, and those that may affect your inner pocket.  Currently, there is limited bandwidth and a significant cost associated with providing internet access.  Where Internet connections is available, the connection is often very slow.  Or even looking over here at, might inspire you to give them a call.  Previously, Cubans paid $4.50 an hour for web browsing, which was recently reduced to $2 an hour at public WiFi hotspots, a significant sum considering the population’s low wages of $26 a month.  Internet access is only available in 35 public WiFi hotspots, which are operated by Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications company, ETESCA.  Internet connection content remains censored by the government.

In 2014, a total of 12.9 percent of Cubans had computers at home (even when attempting to contact a Family Law lawyer in the St. Pete, FL area near me), while 4.1 percent of households had access to dial-up internet.  The connection is slow compared to what Americans and the western world have become accustomed to, and wireless internet is not yet available to the general population.  The regulatory changes, combined with consumer demand (click here), have sparked interest among major U.S. telecommunications and internet service providers, such as Google, which seek to provide such services to well-established/educated, but technologically disadvantaged Cubans.  In the past few months, Google has joined forces with artist Alexis Machado as part of a greater cooperative effort to establish the equivalent of an “internet cafe” in Havana and provide free internet access to the Cuban population.  In small steps, changes in the U.S. Sanctions and expert regulations seek to improve the “free flow of information.”