US says working with private sector and Congress on Internet for Cuba


A woman who did not want to be identified connects to the Internet at a hotspot in a public park in Havana, Cuba, July 14, 2021. REUTERS / Alexandre Meneghini

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – The United States is working with the private sector and Congress to find ways to make the Internet more accessible to the Cuban people, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday at a ‘a regular press conference.

Price made the comment while calling on the Cuban government to restore all internet and telecommunications to the Cuban people following a wave of anti-government protests.

“We will actively work with our private sector partners to identify ways that could in fact be creative to ensure that the Cuban people have access to the free flow of information on the Internet,” Price said.

The White House said earlier that President Joe Biden would form a task force to examine remittances to Cuba following protests on the island to determine how those residing in the United States can send money. money in the country. Read more

State Department officials told Reuters on Monday that the United States was expected to announce the first measures soon as part of the Biden administration‘s review of Cuban policy and in response to Havana’s crackdown on it. which has been the biggest street protests in decades. Read more

Reporting by Simon Lewis, David Brunnstrom and Mohammad Zargham, editing by Rosalba O’Brien / Mark Heinrich

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