HAVANA TIMES — Every time my friends meet up at my place, we end up talking about the issue on everyone’s lips these days: Internet in Cuba, specifically the Wi-Fi hot zones that can be accessed through pre-paid cards, the easiest means we have to connect to the web.
The service leaves many unsatisfied because of its price, bearing in mind that, in other countries (even in the Third World), there are public spaces where the service is offered free of charge. Some of our questions the last time were:
Who is the provider of Wi-Fi equipment?
Who is the person responsible for this experiment?
Why aren’t we offered any details about the system on the nightly Round Table program?
Why, if Wi-Fi signals are transmitted by antennae and the signal is up in the air, in the same way radio and television function, do they charge such exorbitant prices for the service?
How long will it take for all of us to have access at home, without having to go out and sit on the curb or under a tree?
Why must users be denied privacy?
How hard would it be to set a monthly rate for unlimited Internet access while preventing illegal activities, such as the reselling of cards and the offer of one-CUC connections by other users?
Why is the antenna in the municipality of Marianao, on top of a high building, not have a more far-reaching signal and covers only one city block, when it could service much of the municipality?
How long will this experiment last?
Are the views of the people affected by all this being taken into consideration?
Lastly, what became of the blessed fiber-optic cable they brought over from Venezuela? Who benefits from all this?