Cubans create island intranet despite government bans



    The economic condition of Cuba, to put it mildly, leaves much to be desired. Besides the fact that the inhabitants of the island (at least the majority) live very poorly, almost every action of the citizen of the “Island of Freedom” is controlled by the state. In any case, until recently, cell phones were banned in Cuba, the Internet, as well as any radio equipment (including Wi-Fi), besides conventional radios and TVs, were banned.

    All communication lines in Cuba are under the supervision and control of the government, and access to the network is possible only in some hotels and Internet cafes. Nevertheless, local residents, despite the ban, built their own network infrastructure . The local "home LAN" includes more than 9 thousand computers.

    Using CAT5, Cubans connected home-to-home on this network. Who could use wireless equipment, and the antennas had to be masked. It is clear that in the network, to which more than 9 thousand computers are connected, there was something to do - here are game servers, online communities, and other things familiar to us. By the way, Cuba also has its own top-level domain - .cu, but access to it is also controlled by the state, and the price is far from the capabilities of an ordinary person.

    Not so long ago, already with the relaxation of the political and economic regime, the government found out about the local network of Cubans. An investigation was even conducted to find out if the “connected” were doing something illegal. The local network was saved by the fact that there was no connection to the Global Network, so the SNet (as the Cubans call their LAN) was left untouched.

    Now the United States and Cuba are looking for ways to establish political and economic ties, so most likely, Cubans will soon have access to the Internet. Note that the population of Cuba is not so large - 11 million people live on the island. In the meantime, everything is bad here even with ordinary cellular networks: 2G networks do not cover the whole island, but only large settlements.

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