Cubans try out new public Internet centers
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS June 4, 2013 2:30PM
A flyer announcing the latest internet service providers and user fees, is taped to an office window of the state-run telecommunications company, ETECSA, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. | AP Photo
HAVANA — Cuba has begun offering Internet access at more than 100 publicly run computer centers around the country.
People are lining up at one of the cyber-salons in Havana, waiting for a turn at one of a dozen computer terminals.
Currently most islanders who go online only get as far as a domestic Intranet, not the broader Worldwide Web.
The Internet service that began Tuesday costs $4.50 per hour. That’s a tall order for the legions of Cubans making around $20 a month from government salaries.
Island officials have said the service was made possible by an undersea fiber-optic cable strung from Venezuela that began carrying data traffic in January.