Luz Escobar, Havana, 1 March 2017 — After a two month free trial, the
fees for government-run home internet service, known as "Nauta Hogar,"
were announced on Wednesday. The Telecommunications Company of Cuba
(ETECSA) will charge between 15 and 115 Cuban convertible pesos (CUC)
for packages of 30 hours, depending on the connection speed, which
varies 128 kilobytes and 2 megabytes. Thus, Cubans will pay, depending
on the speed, the equivalent of roughly three weeks to five months wages
in a state enterprise for one hour of internet a day.
Last January, the state monopoly chose 2,000 users in the Catedral and
Plaza Vieja popular council areas for a pilot test of home web
connectivity. Today, March 1, users have been informed of the ongoing
costs for the service, but are not able to set up contracts because the
computer system "is not working yet," according to an employee of the
Obispo Street Telepoint office who spoke to 14ymedio.
The worker explained that the new rates must be paid "within a period of
seven days and if they are not the service will be cut." Once
interrupted, "the user has 30 days to pay and restore it." Otherwise it
will be disconnected.
After consuming the 30 hours of the initial package, customers can
recharge their Nauta accounts under the same bonus terms used for wifi
connections; users will be able to purchase more than one 30-hour
package per month.
Until now, surfing the internet from home was a privilege reserved for
senior officials, the most trustworthy professionals, and foreigners
living in Cuba. Most connections were made through the antiquated
dial-up method, but the new connections will be served by faster ADSL lines.
Cuba is among the countries in the world with the lowest rate of
internet access. Since July 2015, the state telecommunications monopoly
has enabled public wifi hotspots, which now number more than 200
throughout the country. According to official figures, around 250,000
daily users are connected in these zones.
In recent weeks antennas for wireless connection have also been
installed in several places along Havana's Malecon, and the company is
planning to extend the service to the entire perimeter of the coastal
strip. For now, wifi is active along the Malecon at Hola Ola, La
Piragua, 12 and Malecón, 3rd and B and Fuente de la Juventud.
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Fernando Damaso, 26 February 2017 — The lack of hygiene has taken over
the city: poorly maintained and filthy streets and sidewalks, garbage
everywhere, nauseating streams of sewage, grimy floors and walls in
state establishments, widespread environmental contamination, and even
dead animals rotting in squares and courtyards, in full sun under the
laziness of passersby and the authorities.
Today's Havana has no resemblance to the Havana of the Republic: it has
lost all the cleanliness and hygiene that characterized it, the pride of
the people of Havana and the admiration of those who visited it.
The authorities can blame numerous factors, but the key one has been
their inability to organize and operate an effective cleaning system.
Faced with chaos and prolonged inefficiency, social discipline was lost
and today everyone contributes, with their citizen irresponsibility, to
make the so-called "capital of all Cubans" dirtier, which is not the
case in other cities and towns in the country, where the sense of
belonging to the place where you were born has not been lost.
Unfortunately for Havana, the majority of those born here, the original
Havanans, abandoned it, and their place was occupied by emigrants from
other provinces, without any affectionate bond with it, becoming a city
invaded, with all the evils that such a situation entails. In Havana
they did and do what in their places of origin they did not nor would
they dare to do.
The Havana of "dudes," "bros," "homies," "uncles and aunties," "chicks,"
"moms," "pals," and others in that vein, is not my city.
Translated by Jim
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14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 February 2018 — The distance
between the Havana Capitol and the Ciudad Deportiva (Sport City) remains
the same and yet it seems to have changed. With the capped prices
imposed by local government on the private taxi routes, this journey has
become immense and difficult to complete. Where before a person needed
to wait between 5 and 15 minutes, now they have to wait up to an hour to
climb into an almendrón*.
At this point, those who were rubbing their hands at the reduced prices
for private transport, must have realized that the hand of the state has
broken a fragile network ruled by supply and demand. The taxi drivers
cut their trips in a sign of protest, and many are staying home weighing
whether it is worth spending so many hours behind the steering wheel for
ever smaller profits.
The victims of these reductions are all of us. One of the new rich who
manages a restaurant, the doctor who needs to get to the hospital, the
old man who has a medical appointment, or the student who is counting
his centavos to make it to the end of the month. It has not been a blow
to the social class that can pay between 10 and 20 Cuban pesos for a
trip, but a blow to all those who on some occasion, even if only
sporadically, use this type of transportation.
Official propaganda is now unleashed against the workers of the private
sector, but it is silent before the exploitive state that pays for such
Like many restrictive measures of this "Revolutionary" process, it has
also surrounded itself with a whiff of false justice, with an aura of
supposed egalitarianism. Official propaganda is now unleashed against
private sector workers who charge half a day's wages for a trip, but it
is silent before the exploitive state that pays for such misery.
The television reports approach the passengers to capture the moment
when they say, "that was an abuse that could not continue," or, "now
prices are more in line with our pockets." But they are silent about
those shelves in the state stores where a liter of oil cost two days'
pay and two pounds of chicken can mean a week's hard work.
Will prices also rise in those markets? Will the Havana Administrative
Council unleash itself against the retail network where a father has to
pay two week's wages for a pair of shoes for his son? The Revolutionary
"justice" is one-eyed in these cases, only looking in the direction that
*Translator's note: "Almendrón" means "almond" and refers to the shape
of the classic American cars often used in shared, fixed-route taxi service.
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