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Cuba authorizes internet access for emerging private companies

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The Cuban government has authorized the state telecom company to provide internet access to the country's budding private cooperatives, the Cuban News Agency reported.

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Communications Minister Maimir Mesa Ramos instructed Etecsa to start the service on June 29, according to the news agency. Internet access will be provided via modems and only to the cooperative's location, to avoid service being transferred to third parties.

Internet services has been available in Cuba since 1996, but only via satellite as the country was banned from using undersea cables under the U.S. trade embargo. Home Internet access is so far only available to certain professionals, such as officials, doctors and journalists.

The authorities claimed that the restriction was due to infrastructure deficiencies, and service would be gradually expanded to the general public.

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