Monday, December 1, 2014

Nearly $4.4 million for message campaign targeting Cuba

Multimillion-dollar campaign targeting Cuba
Washington Software, the contractor hired to flood Cuba with email and text messages, has earned more than $1.2 million in government contracts this year, records show.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, hired the firm on July 1, 2011. Since then, the BBG has paid the company $4,398,409, according to records found in the Federal Data Procurement System.
The BBG oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which operates Radio & TV Martí in Miami.
The nearly $4.4 million has gone toward such tasks as:

  • Designing and operating a Short Message Service, or SMS, social network.
  • Sending text messages to Cuba via SMS
  • Coming up with ways to prevent the Cuban government from jamming its electronic messages.
  • Programming computers.
  • Sending email blasts.
Washington Software is based in Germantown, Md.

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