On the first of July 2015 the Cuban government telecommunications company opened access to unrestrained Wi-Fi internet connection to the population. Servers were placed in hotels and some public squares. Connection is made by purchasing cards for two CUCs per hour (equivalent to two USD) and throughout the day large gatherings of people can be seen standing outside hotels or grouped in squares to connect to the internet. It is nearly impossible for Cubans to purchase electronic devices since wages in the island are still stagnantly low and prices inaccessibly high for most. Many of these new users connect with cellular and other digital devices sent to them by relatives living abroad. Despite the slow connection due to heavy use and the broken Skype sessions, this access has allowed family members that had been separated for years and at times decades to see each other on a live screen.
© Daniel Botelho