Cuba's fibre optic link to Venezuela creates greater internet access
More people in Cuba will be able to use the internet, although access
will still be under strict government control.
The government is creating an additional 118 outlets, which will make
use of faster bandwidth thanks to undersea fibre optic cables between
the Caribbean island to Venezuela. Cuba cannot use others due to a US
Starting from June 4, the extra access will be provided by the state
telecommunications monopoly ETECSA for a reduced price than is currently
However, there still be no internet provided directly to private homes.
"I think it's brilliant. For students, it's a fantastic tool. For the
rest of the population, it's a way to communicate with the outside
world. For me, the internet is everything," said technology student Jose
Cuba has one of the lowest rates of internet usage in Latin America.
There are only 2.6 million users out of a population of 11.1 million.
Despite the increased access, the government has warned it will not
tolerate Internet users who "endanger or prejudice public security, or
the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.""