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The average desktop computer costs the equivelent of three years worth of wages in Cuba

After the resignation of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the transfer of power to younger brother Raul Castro, life in Cuba is getting better for some citizens. For many years, Cuban’s were denied the things we take for granted here in the U.S. because of presidential decree.

A few weeks ago, Raul Castro lifted a ban that forbade Cubans from legally owning cellular phones and DVD players. This week, BBC News reports that Raul Castro lifted a ban that prevented Cubans from legally owning personal computers.

Desktop computers are now available in Cuba and BBC News reports that a crowd formed at the Carlos III shopping center in Havana when the first PC shipments arrived. Despite the large crowds most were there only to look on as others bought.

The average price for a new desktop PC in Cuba is reported to be around $800 and the average monthly wage in Cuba is a mere $20. That would mean an average computer in Cuba would cost most citizens over three years of pay.

Most Cubans have access to supplementary income according to BBC News, typically from family who live abroad. Despite the availability of computers on the island nation, internet access is still limited to a few locations like workplaces, schools and universities.

The Cuban government is unable to connect to undersea fiber optic cables due to trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. The internet access available in the country is via limited bandwidth satellite connections.



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RE: A nice transition, but...
By BMFPitt on 5/6/2008 12:20:26 PM , Rating: 5
In Communism, Comcast would provide subpar service with no regards to its customers because it is a government-sponsored monopoly.

In the US, Comcast provides subpar service with no regards to its customers because it is a government-sponsored monopoly, and makes a ton of money doing it.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By FITCamaro on 5/6/2008 2:48:43 PM , Rating: 1
Uh no. In Communism, Comcast and other ISPs wouldn't exist. Cable TV and internet would be run and owned by the government. If a company was given the rights to handle it for the government, there would be only one company.

And if you think Comcasts service is subpar, come to my area and use the shitty company I have. I would love to get on Comcasts service. I pay $60 a month for 7Mbit internet when Comcast in the area offers 12Mbit for $45. And any day but Sunday and really late at night, I'm lucky to be able to download at 150KB/s. Plus they offer twice as many HD channels as I'm offered.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By BMFPitt on 5/6/2008 3:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Uh no. In Communism, Comcast and other ISPs wouldn't exist. Cable TV and internet would be run and owned by the government. If a company was given the rights to handle it for the government, there would be only one company.
Oh, my bad. I don't know how I could have mistaken Comcast for a company that is given rights to handle something by the government where it is the only company allowed to do so. What was I thinking?


RE: A nice transition, but...
By JonnyDough on 5/7/2008 3:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you live out in the country and pay $1600 for a 2 year contract of broadband wireless from Sprint that is slower than DSL (but faster than dialup!) quit complaining.


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