Cuba moves to expand WiFi service slightly

January 13, 2015

Cuba's telecommunications company says that it will offer WiFi service in a public park in the country's far east but only for access to the island's restricted Cuba-only intranet.

Cuba's official journalists union said Monday that the government would offer WiFi in a park in the city of Santiago for $4.50 an hour. Internet company Etecsa said later that the system would offer only intranet.

U.S. officials have said they hope the detente declared with Cuba last month will help make Internet more available on the island. Part of the deal involves allowing U.S. companies to sell Internet equipment to Cuba. The U.S. says Cuba has agreed to increase Internet access, although it has not been clear what agreement the Obama administration has been referring to.

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