How Cubans Can Have Internet Access Overnight

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Opponents of U.S. policy toward Cuba insist that allowing U.S. companies to invest in Castro's telecom monopoly, ETECSA, will somehow "trickle-down" into more Internet connectivity for the Cuban people.

Of course, the facts prove otherwise.

From 1995 until 2011, Telecom Italia owned 27% percent of ETECSA.

Did this provide connectivity for the Cuban people?

Moreover, the 2011 Cuba-Venezuela fiber optic cable was laid by France's Alcatel-Lucent.

Did this provide connectivity for the Cuban people?

And we're now learning that the Chinese military's company, Huawei, has been illegally selling U.S. telecom equipment to Cuba's regime.

Has this provided connectivity for the Cuban people?

Of course not.  All its done is benefit Castro's regime.

Rather than focusing on ways to collaborate with the Castro regime's monopoly and its censors, here's an easy way to provide Cubans with Internet connectivity overnight.

The O3b Network is a next generation satellite constellation that provides fiber quality Internet connectivity.

It was specifically created to service emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, with a collective population of over 3 billion people (hence the name O3b).

Cuba is well within its service coverage (see below).

Moreover, there's nothing in U.S. law that would prevent O3b from providing Internet connectivity to the Cuban people.

So why won't Cuba's regime allow this low-cost, fiber-speed satellite network to provide quick and easy connectivity to the Cuban people?