Cienfuegos, Cuba / Photo Credit: Rene Bastiaanssen / Flickr / Creative Commons
(Reuters, March 11, 2015)
Reuters reports that, for the first time since the embargo, “direct telephone connections between the United States and Cuba have been established.” The U.S.-based IDT Corp reached an agreement with Cuba's Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA) to provide direct international long distance telephony and, consequently, greater ease and quality of communications between the people of both nations.
By Ted Piccone, Christopher Sabatini, and Carlos Saladrigas (Brookings Institution, July 2010)
This paper from the Brookings Institution calls for the United States Government to broadly lift all bans that are currently hindering economic growth in Cuba. They argue that strengthening the Cuban economy will promote the establishment of greater information technology infrastructure and perhaps begin to open the country to greater political freedoms.