MOUNTAIN VIEW (KCBS) — During his historic visit to Cuba, President Barack Obama has reportedly announced a deal under which Google will bring broadband and Wi-Fi Internet service to the island nation.
The president announced the deal in an interview with ABC News after landing in Havana. Obama is the first sitting president in nearly nine decades to visit Cuba.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara County Ramps Up Effort With Dose Surplus
Until this year, domestic Internet connections were available only to diplomats and employees of foreign companies, and the fees were not cheap. A single hour of public Wi-Fi access cost $2, while the average Cuban makes about $20 per month.READ MORE: Stanford Medicine Launching COVID-19 Vaccine Study On Children 5 Years Old And Under
Cuba’s state-run telecom company recently announced a broadband offering for the Old Havana area.MORE NEWS: Bill To Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs Passes Senate Health Committee
There’s no word yet on what Google’s service will cost, or when it will launch.