Google Heads to Havana to Promote Open Internet Access in Cuba
If expanded Internet access is indeed Schmidt’s goal, it would be in keeping with the duties of his position as executive chairman, which include responsibility “for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues,” according to company’s management profile. Schmidt’s team includes Jared Cohen, who is known for promoting open Internet access in restrictive countries.
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At the moment, Internet access in Cuba is abysmal. Few Cubans have access, and most who connect must do so through office or hotel computers. Cuba recently opened 118 public Internet access locations, but the fee of $4.5 an hour is likely to deter many users in a country where $20 is the average monthly salary.