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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:17 PM

5. The lack of connectivity in Cuba has more to do with the American government than the Cuban

Sell a router, or a network switch, or a connectivity plan to ANYONE in Cuba, and you're headed straight to prison. It's illegal for American companies to do business with Cuba, or even to sell their products to middlemen who MIGHT later resell it to the Cubans.

And if that's not bad enough, the Helms Burton Act made it impossible for FOREIGN telecom companies to sell to them either. If a Chinese company like Huawei wanted to sell gear to the Cubans, they would be legally blocked from selling products in the U.S. This forces foreign manufacturers to choose between Cuba and the U.S., which is a no-brainer for most companies.

Cuba can only get the kind of equipment needed for widescale Internet deployment off of the black market. That limits their ability to have a "hotspot in a coffee shop on every corner".

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