Did you know that the U.S.-based Sprint Corporation provided Cuba with its first Internet connection in 1996?
What? How could that be?
The Castro regime and its anti-sanctions lobbyists have "assured" us that the only reason there's barely any Internet connectivity in Cuba is because of the embargo.
Thus, they insist the Congress must allow U.S. companies to pump of billions of dollars directly into Castro's telecom monopoly, Etecsa, so that the Cuban people can (purportedly) have Internet.
(And so the Cuban regime can exercise even greater control, monitoring and censorship.)
You know -- similar to the billions that Telecom Italia pumped into Etecsa from 1995-2011, or that France's Alcatel did from 2011-2012.
Those billions were surely a boon to the Castro regime, but they obviously didn't provide Internet access to the Cuban people -- let alone uncensored access.
Now Google has offered to provide WiFi access to Cuba -- for free.
Kudos to Google.
But, of course, that offer was rejected.
After all, why would the Castro regime allow free uncensored Internet access in Cuba -- which nothing in U.S. law prohibits -- when its U.S. lobbyists are working overtime to provide Etecsa billions of dollars to limit, control and censor access.
(Some Obama Administration officials also like to play along with this charade.)
You know -- like in China (read here), where foreign companies hand the regime all of the data, censorship and control, for the sake of a profit.
If Google wants to really help the Cuban people -- it should circumvent the Castro regime and provide free access anyway.
It has all the tools to do so.
From The Havana Times:
Cuban Communist Party Tells Google No Thanks on Free WiFi
The second secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 85, responded with a thanks but no thanks to Google’s recent offer to install WiFi antennas throughout Cuba for free.
“Everyone knows why there isn’t more Internet access in Cuba, because it is costly. There are some who want to give it to us for free, but they don’t do it so that the Cuban people can communicate, Instead their objective is to penetrate us and do ideological work to achieve a new conquest. We must have Internet, but in our way, knowing that the imperialists intend to use it as a way to destroy the Revolution,” he said in an extensive interview with Juventud Rebelde newspaper.