Cuba wants more Internet access while keeping state control

A Cuban uses an illegal Wi-Fi connection to surf the Internet, on November 28, 2014, in HavanaCuba wants to boost public Internet access while keeping the Communist government’s control over it, a senior US official close to talks with Havana on technology said Monday. “They are looking for mechanisms by which, in the first instance, they can expand connectivity while at the same time retaining their mechanism for market management, which is obviously vastly different than ours,” said the State Department source. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, questioned whether Cuba can meet United Nations goals of having 60 percent of the population of 11 million online, and having Internet service in 50 percent of homes by 2020 — without allowing rival providers to enter the small market. Private Internet connections in Cuba are strictly regulated by the Americas’ lone one-party, Communist-ruled state.

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