Cuban Communist Party Tells Google No Thanks on Free WiFi

By Fernando Ravsberg

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura.
Jose Ramon Machado Ventura.

HAVANA TIMES — The second secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 85, responded with a thanks but no thanks to Google’s recent offer to install WiFi antennas throughout Cuba for free.

“Everyone knows why there isn’t more Internet access in Cuba, because it is costly. There are some who want to give it to us for free, but they don’t do it so that the Cuban people can communicate, Instead their objective is to penetrate us and do ideological work to achieve a new conquest. We must have Internet, but in our way, knowing that the imperialists intend to use it as a way to destroy the Revolution,” dijo en una entrevista extensiva con Juventud Rebelde newspaper.

They say that when the donation is too large even the poor become suspicious.



132 thoughts on “Cuban Communist Party Tells Google No Thanks on Free WiFi

  • July 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Free to talk is something I’ve often witnessed and experienced in Cuba. Staying in a rented, 2nd story apt. only 1.5 blocks from the U. stairs in Downtown Havana, I could hear the old lady upstairs screaming viva-voce from her balcony as she drew water from a hose ingeniously reeled to her from the roof across the narrow street: “This is what we get after 38 years of Socialism, S–T!”. In upper Víbora, I was in a heated, 3 hour “discussion”, Cuban-loud like, on the outside porch of a house in the middle of an urban neighborhood with the daughters and sons in law of my hosts who were firmly with the Revolution and who all lived together harmoniously. Towards the end of the exchange I found out that on the the top of the raise just besides and above us, maybe 20-30 meters (22-33 yards) away and clearly within hearing range, there was a radar station and shore defense, battery detachment with barracks. So I asked how come the G2 bus wasn’t there already to arrest us? We had been very loud for long time…the discussion wound down and petered out, they said stuff like “They (G2) are just gathering stuff against us” and “they are just waiting to see if you do something” (This is true everywhere). Again in La Bodeguita del Medio, same thing, same answer to the obvious question: Why are we not already in Jail? “They (G2) don’t bust you for talking but if you do something”. Well, isn’t just the same as here or anyplace on Earth? I had open, public discussions about the good and the bad of the Revolution many places in Cuba from everyday type people: workers, students, housewives, artists and crafters, old folks and just neighbors. CDR’s are no different in many ways from “Neighborhood Watch” in Canada and the USA, specially in the poor neighborhoods, ghettos and barrios where crime is rampant.

  • July 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    No, they were ordered by the Cuban Government to turn over to the USA Feds all the evidence they had gathered about Cuban-American terrorism against Cuba being planned, organized, financed and conducted from the USA, contrary to all the international treaties the USA had signed against it. The evidence was taken and the bearers of the evidence, the Cuban 5, were then arrested, tried and convicted of spying even tough they only targeted the anti-Castro, Cuban-American organizations in the USA.

  • July 20, 2015 at 9:30 am

    First, thank you for bringing light into this discussion; I very much appreciate your input.
    No, you don’t worry, you just become aware of “that stuff” and don’t put into your computer or smart phone anything you want to keep private; which is not to say illegal. I am connected and use the technology applications I need, but I do not do E-banking and only use one credit card (low %) for all of my biz expenses (Airmiles). My biz books are on paper and I do the accounting; it’s very simple that way. My personal purchases are cash and at this moment, I have no prob being located so cell-phone OK, but I have no need for a smart-phone. I’m really sorry I missed all the excitement 4 days ago but I was on the job.

  • July 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    What is “Neighborhood Watch”, Carlyle? Oh my god, it’s everywhere!

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