Cuba plans to start offering wireless internet
"Santiago (de Cuba) has been picked by Etecsa to test wifi service late this month," read a statement on the website of the Union of Cuban Journalists, a government association.
Cuba allows some locals such as journalists, doctors and athletes to have internet access at home. Other internet access is largely limited to government employees and pricey pay-by-hour public access and anyone who wants their own router needs permission from the Communications Ministry first.
The journalists' site said WiFi access will cost $4.5 an hour. That is the same rate, unaffordable to many, as that offered at public internet cafes. Most Cubans make under $20 a month.
Last year, 3.4 percent of homes in Cuba had Internet access, one of the world's lowest rates, according to international technology authorities. ■