Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses

The measures permit the creation of private wired and Wi-Fi internet networks in homes and businesses and allow the importation of routers and other networking equipment. While the new regulations permit citizens to connect to the internet with their own routers and other equipment and share their signals with others, they do not allow those small-network operators to sell that service, thus maintaining the position of Etecsa, the state-run telecommunication firm, as the nation’s only internet provider. They will likely provide a boost for the tourism sector by allowing businesses like restaurants, cafes and privately run bed and breakfasts to provide Wi-Fi for their clients.