Castro's Internet Cable Scam

Monday, May 21, 2012
Remember when this was the hottest talking point for the Castro regime and its echo chamber in the U.S.?

That was before the Repsol oil bust, pt. 2.

Didn't the Brookings Institution even form one of its "working groups" to promote this?

Of course they did.

From AP:

It was all sunshine, smiles and celebratory speeches as officials marked the arrival of an undersea fiber-optic cable they promised would end Cuba's Internet isolation and boost web capacity 3,000-fold. Even a retired Fidel Castro had hailed the dawn of a new cyber-age on the island.

More than a year after the February 2011 ceremony on Siboney Beach in eastern Cuba, and 10 months after the system was supposed to have gone online, the government never mentions the cable anymore, and Internet here remains the slowest in the hemisphere.

People talk quietly about embezzlement torpedoing the project and the arrest of more than a half-dozen senior telecom officials.

Perhaps most maddening, nobody has explained what happened to the much-ballyhooed $70 million project.