In mid-2009 the Obama administration issued new policies in relation to US-Cuban relations, half of which related to the telecommunications sector. The steps were prefaced by a statement from the Obama administration saying it aimed to “promote the freer flow of information” to the Cuban people.
Specifically, the Obama administration ruled that:
- US telecoms companies were authorized to establish themselves in Cuba, through the establishing of facilities, setting up of roaming agreements or the provision of satellite radio and TV services;
- US residents were allowed to enter into service agreements with US telecoms companies providing services to Cuba; and
- US residents and telecoms companies were allowed to donate certain telecommunications devices to Cuba without a licence.
By early 2010 it was still unclear whether the Cuban government would approve the US policy steps.
See also Cuba – Telecoms Mobile and Broadband.
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