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More Wi-Fi Access Promised In Cuba

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | September 27, 2016

More Wi-Fi Access Promised In Cuba

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There’s no question Cuba is becoming more accessible to Americans, but question remain as to whether the free flow of the Internet will follow suit in the island nation.

The Internet is famously hard to come by in Cuba. So, it’s a subject many with aims to visit the country are curious about.

According to a BBC report, the nation is now considering opening up Internet access via Wi-Fi along the famed Malecon coastal region. As the report states, the Wi-Fi system would join the ranks of locations that are slowly bringing more Internet access to Cuban’s citizens.

While just an eight-kilometer stretch of land, the impact would be tremendous for citizens who still get a great deal of outside information via Paquete Semanal, or pre-packaged digital files that include various information from around the Internet, which even include Netflix shows.

The problem of access seems to be getting better as we reported back in March, President Barack Obama hinted at Google’s plan to bring more content to locals and tourists.

At the time, Obama was quoted as saying: “Well, that’s part of why some of these changes can be so significant. One of the things that we’ll be announcing here is that Google has a deal to start setting up more Wi-Fi access and broadband access on the island.”

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BBC explains that there are more and more Wi-Fi solutions than there has been in the past for Cubans to access, but many are accessible via what would be considered an exorbitant fee for those getting $25 in monthly salary.

Yet, as American tourists land on Cuban shores the expectation of Wi-Fi accessibility slowly soars.

With that comes the assumption that Cuba will have to evolve with the rest of the world and grant access not only to tourists who demand such luxuries but locals who have been previously shut out either by infrastructure or cost.

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