In­ter­net users to get more ac­cess

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Cuba says it’s ex­pand­ing In­ter­net ac­cess by adding Wi-Fi to dozens of state-run In­ter­net cen­ters and slash­ing the price of an hour online.

The an­nounce­ment pub­lished in the news­pa­per Ju­ven­tud Re­belde is Cuba’s first sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of In­ter­net ac­cess since Pres­i­dent Obama said Dec. 17 that the gov­ern­ment had told him it would give its peo­ple more ac­cess as part of a his­toric de­tente be­tween the Cold War en­e­mies.

The spokesman for Cuba’s state com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany told the news­pa­per that 35 gov­ern­ment com­puter cen­ters around the coun­try would have Wi-Fi start­ing next month, and the price of one hour online would drop to $2 from $4.50.

Home In­ter­net re­mains illegal for most Cubans and online ac­cess at of­fices with In­ter­net is very lim­ited and strictly con­trolled.

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