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 Monday, June 03, 2013
Cuba will open 118 new public internet centres on 4 June Efe reports, citing a resolution published in the official gazette. The centres will be run by state operator Etecsa and will offer access to the internet through a new portal called "Nauta". Access will be blocked immediately if the operator detects "any violation of the ethical standards of behaviour promoted by the Cuban State", according to the resolution.The new centres will charge between CUC 0.60 and CUC 4.50 an hour, depending on the service used, in a country where the average salary is under CUC 20 a month. More centres, made possible thanks to an undersea cable to Venezuela, will be added gradually. There are currently around 200 public facilities offering e-mail only at hotels and post offices. Home internet use is still banned for most Cubans, with the exception of some professionals such as doctors, journalists, academics and artists.

Source: Telecom Paper.