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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 Reclaimer77 on 5/6/2008 5:24:53 PM , Rating: 1
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Seriously the U.S. should lift that ban on fiber optic cable access.


Why ?

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the U.S. is stringent against communist countries


Not all. But in Cuba's case they almost precipitated a nuclear war and destabilization of the entire region. So yeah, they can just sit there and simmer for a while for all I care. Want internet coming from the US ? Simple, overthrow your BS government.

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deciding who has access to the fiber optic cables is a form of communism


Hmmm it is ? I think this has been covered by a few DT posters by now. I just also wanted to chime in and say your an idiot.


RE: A nice transition, but...
By phxfreddy on 5/6/2008 5:31:56 PM , Rating: 2
Its a latin culture. ( I love Brasil so don't call me any names )...... Latin cultures tend to be more pacific. The people tend to go round rather than confront lord look at how they drive and you'll clearly see. They do the stupidest things in traffic and NO ONE gets mad. Thus its impractical to say "overthrow your lame-o gov't".......Information works in favor of those who hew to the true nature of humans and I'm damned sure that's the USA. Thus yes end the hi speed internet connection ban. Should have been done when the internet arose. These guys can't handle the truth or the dictators in china would not have a cow with Wikipedia entries.


By LatinMessiah on 5/8/2008 9:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
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Latin cultures tend to confront lord look at how they do the stupidest things and gets mad. the true nature of humans damned the USA. These guys can't handle cow.


Such racism.


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