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This article was published on March 21, 2016

Obama says Google has a deal in place to bring Wi-Fi and broadband internet access to Cuba

Obama says Google has a deal in place to bring Wi-Fi and broadband internet access to Cuba
Nate Swanner
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In an interview with ABC News, President Obama said Google had struck a deal to bring internet access to Cuba.

The President said Google would build out broadband and Wi-Fi infrastructure on the island, which he said was “necessary for Cuba to enter the 21st century economically.”

“Invariably that gives the Cuban people more information and allows them to have more of a voice,” Obama continued.

It’s not the first time Google has shown interest in Cuba. Two years ago, it brought Chrome for Cubans, and more recently launched Google Play in the country.

Recently, the BBC reported Cuba would be getting an internet lifeline from Venezuela. That country is laying a 1,000 mile fiber optic cable that will link it and Cuba directly.

It’s not clear what broadband or Wi-Fi service Google is going to lay out in Cuba, but its other initiatives — like Fiber and Starbucks — suggest Cubans are about to get some speedy internet.

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