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byron mc

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Cuba access to Internet expanding
« on: July 17, 2008, 09:16:56 am »

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A confidential contract released yesterday on Wikileaks reveals Cuba's plan to receive internet upstream via an undersea cable to Venezuela, thus circumventing the enduring embargo of the US, denying Cuba access to nearby American undersea cables and overcoming the current limits of satellite-only connectivity.
The connection, to be delivered by CVG Telecom of Venezuela, is to be completed by 2010 and will provide data, video as well as voice service for both the public and governmental services."

The proposed 1,500 kilometre cable will connect Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad to the rest of the world via La Guaira, Venezuela.
Documents released by Wikileaks reveal that Cuba and Venezuela signed a confidential contract in 2006 to lay an undersea fibre-optic cable that bypasses the United States. The cable is to be completed by 2010.
The contract between the two countries, which has been independently verified, adds weight to Cuban statements that the United States economic embargo of the island has forced it to rely on slow and expensive satellite links for Internet connectivity.

July 15, 2008
http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Cuba_to_work_around_US_embargo_via_undersea_cable_to_Venezuela

http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/07/16/2239236.shtml

It's nice to see the people of Cuba getting an alternative to satellite-only services. Of course a monopoly will probably follow under the government's control but there is the spirit of access to open information. Getting anonymizing software may help defeat firewalls like those in China.

this is the way many people in Cuba access the Internet due to
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bans, tight controls and the fact that people are too poor to afford access to the rare public cyber cafes.
Underground 'SneakerNet' Growing In Cuba
https://thementalmilitia.com/forums/index.php?topic=17011.0
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