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A year ago, the state telecom company, ETECSA, launched Wi-Fi in public parks throughout the country, turning them into Internet hotspots.
One young man, Kalim, remembered connecting for the first time. “It was incredible, because I was able to connect with friends and family, and also search for information online.”
But the Internet remains prohibitively expensive in many areas, such as Havana’s Miramar district.
“We earn $15 per month and the connection costs $2 per hour,” one woman told FRANCE 24.
“The less well-off can’t connect. You need to have family abroad who tops up your account,” explained another.