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#CubaNow Urges Congress To Support The Cuba DATA Act

Ric Herrero

#CubaNow Press Release

May 19, 2015

MIAMI – Today a bipartisan group of United States Senators introduced legislation that would enable U.S. telecommunications and Internet companies to provide their services and devices in Cuba. The Cuba Digital and Telecommunications Advancement Act — or Cuba DATA Act — was introduced by Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and will allow American companies to help Cuba build the 21st-century telecommunications infrastructure necessary in today's global economy and empower Cubans to realize their full potential. In response to this development, #CubaNow Executive Director Ric Herrero issued the following statement:

“#CubaNow supports passage of the Cuba Digital and Telecommunications Advancement Act of 2015 (‘Cuba DATA Act’) being introduced in Congress today. With some of the most limited Internet access in the Western Hemisphere—at rates that can cost a month’s salary—Cubans on the Island are in dire need of support for improved telecommunications services that will connect them to each other and the rest of the world. The Cuba DATA Act addresses that need by repealing dated, ineffective red tape that restricts Americans from being able to fully and securely support the Cuban people with communication services and equipment. We urge Members of Congress to follow through on their public support for the right of all Cubans to access information by voting for passage of this bill.”