Maryland Software Co. Cashes in on Cuba Contracts

Racks up $6.6 million of US taxpayers funds

by Tracey Eaton  (

No mention of Cuba on Washington Software's website.
No mention of Cuba on Washington Software’s website.

HAVANA TIMES – The US government has paid Washington Software company $6,691,899.32 since July 2011. The Maryland company designed Piramideo, a social network made for mobile phone users in Cuba.

Piramideo’s website states: “Piramideo is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Transmissions to offer Cubans a social media without thematic restrictions.”

What in the heck is the Bureau of Transmissions? At best, it’s an awful translation of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG. At worst, it’s meant to deceive users of Piramideo.

Funds received by Washington Software for its Cuba contracts.
Funds received by Washington Software for its Cuba contracts.

I wonder why American taxpayers must continue to finance this operation? Aren’t there any existing, free social networks that could do the job?

The BBG, which oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, hired Washington Software to send email and text messages to Cuba.

The BBG’s latest contribution to Washington Software was a $102,108 contract signed on Sept. 12, 2015.

The company, founded in 1998, is located at 20410 Century Blvd Suite 220 in Germantown, Maryland.

4 thoughts on “Maryland Software Co. Cashes in on Cuba Contracts

  • My guess is that any U.S. government agency that sponsors this sort of thing for “communist /Communist” Cuba will have it bugged in some way .
    A Trojan Horse.

  • I can’t believe it, buys I actually agree with you. At best these schemes are ineffective and meaningless, at worst counterproductive.

  • Cristina Escobar, Cuba’s young superstar broadcaster who made an indelible impression when she covered the last Vidal-Jacobson diplomatic session in Washington, has coined a phrase she uses frequently on Cuban television and in her frequent appearances on regional television networks. She calls it the “U. S. Castro industry,” which she and most other sane people consider a flagrant Banana Republic-like rip-off of U. S. taxpayers. Last week Sarah Stephens, the highly respected chief at the Washington-based Center for Democracy in the Americas, made fun of the Miami-based Radio-TV Marti rip-off when she discussed its latest venture, which is offering millions of tax dollars to entertainers who will produce half-hour programs making fun of the Cuban government. Radio-TV Marti was revealed by ABC-News long ago as the “Broadcast to Nowhere” that has ripped off U. S. taxpayers since the 1980s, or since the Bush dynasty anointed Jorge Mas Canosa as the leader of the Cuban government-in-exile. Knowing it has a free rein in the U. S. Congress, as Sarah Stephens opined, the Radio-TV Marti folks can make fun of the U. S. taxpayers with their endless money-gorging schemes. Yes, Cristina Escobar calls it the “U.S. Castro industry” and Sarah Stephens calls it “a joke.” They are both right, of course. But Radio-TV Marti is also right for making fun of us taxpayers who have pusillanimously put up with it for decades.

  • mi pregunta es; A que se dedica esa empresa en Cuba

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