(Havana) Cuba on Thursday accused the US Senate of “aggression” for passing an amendment requiring President Joe Biden to provide Internet access to Cubans to circumvent Havana censorship.
Posted on 8/12/2021 4:31 PM
The Cuban government is used to controlling access to the Internet and digital data from cell phones. After the unprecedented anti-government protests on July 11, which erupted across the country thanks to image broadcasts on social networks, he blocked all access for five days.
“I condemn the aggression of the US Senate through an Internet change in Cuba that is contributing to the lucrative trade in political-subversive machinations in Florida,” said Secretary of State Bruno Rodriguez on Twitter.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, of Cuban descent, proposed the amendment that would create a fund to implement the technology necessary for Internet access in the island nation.
The Rubio change, also proposed by his Republican colleague Ron DeSantis, calls for satellites, balloons and access points to be deployed offshore to allow Cubans unrestricted connectivity.
“The technology exists to do this without delay and I urge the Biden government to move forward immediately,” Marco Rubio said Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the US Treasury and Commerce released a leaflet outlining the steps to take to obtain a license for Cuban Internet and telecommunications services.
According to the Cuban foreign minister, it is the heightened US sanctions under the Trump administration that are “the fundamental obstacle to the free and sovereign access of the Cuban people to the Internet”.