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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Few Cubans have cellphones or internet access

"With word that the Obama administration is seeking to open up communications to and within Cuba, there’s been
  • no comment so far from U.S. media companies as to whether or not they would play a role in serving the island.
Possible U.S. players are Sirius Radio, Direct TV, AT&T and Verizon, among others. We’re not talking Radio Marti that used to blast the island, 90 miles from Florida, about giving up communism and joining the free world. This would be a full scale, open policy of offering radio, TV and electronic media to the island.
  • The International Telecommunications Union reports that 11.5 (%) percent of the Cuban population had access to the Internet in 2008. There are eight U.S. companies currently licensed by the FCC to provide long-distance service to Cuba through cable or satellite, including AT&T and Verizon. It’s not clear how many provide the service, however.
What’s also not clear is whether or not the Cuban government would open up their island to us without full diplomatic relations restored"…via Radio Daily News

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