Thursday, January 8, 2009

Along the Malecon visible in Cuba for just $12 per hour

I had no trouble viewing Along the Malecon at Internet cafes, including this one at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. So I know that the government does not block the site. But I didn't post much from Cuba during my recent trip. Connection speeds were not bad, but Internet use was expensive - $6 for 30 minutes at most of the places I used.

3 comments: said...

Great reporting from on the ground in Cuba.

Unfortunately some of us can't see our sites in Cuba for any price ;-)

Mambi_Watch said...

Boy, internet is sure expensive.

Out of curiosity, have you ever compared the internet access between some sites and others that may be censored? Are they slower to access or totally blocked, etc.

As always, enjoying the pictures.

alongthemalecon said...

In-country sites like Granma and Juventud Rebelde load quickly. Some out-of-country sites with sensitive material related to Cuba are slower to load at times or do not load at all.
My guess is the government uses some form of Internet filtering that slows some of the browsing, but I have no evidence for that. I'm sure technical factors are also at work.
The blocking of sites seems to be fairly selective. I could not access Generacion Y, for instance, but I could get into Octavo Cerco, a lesser known blog that also contains some controversial content.
One Cuban told me that some bloggers have found ways to access blocked sites.