In Cuba, Isolated Islanders Wait For The Internet

A prayer for the cable

A vague completion date, and the question of whether it will bring information for all, surrounds the submarine cable linking Cuba and Venezuela. To all of us who complain about the poor connectivity found on the Island, they have an argument to shut us up: "We have to wait until the cable is ready." With so much riding on it, I'm going to list what this projected umbilical cord should bring us:

* Internet access for all, not based on privilege, with the opportunity for anyone to contract for a home connection.
* In primary and secondary schools and in universities, broadband for the students and time to access the network that is less limited than today.
* A reduction in costs at the cybercafés and internet-connected computers in the hotels, which today cost one-third of a monthly salary for one hour.
* The opportunity to use social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Hi5 and more.
* Finally, that we can get our hands on services such as Skype, videoconferencing, sending large packets of information and even watching television on the internet.

If the blessed cable is not going to bring all that, please explain to me the reasons why we have to wait until 2011 for it. I hope that at least a small fiber of its content reaches my freelance blogger hands; or will it be that the kilobytes that circulate in its interior will have, like a watermark: "Only for the trusted."


Translator's note:
The cost of the printer, 689.00 CUC [convertible pesos], is the equivalent of more than 3 years' wages.

(This post also appears in Yoani's blog, Generation Y, available here in English translation.)