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English/ Español: Rubio: Biden Must Do More on Cuba Internet Access

Jul 22, 2021 | Press Releases

Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement after the Biden Administration announced its intent to increase access to virtual private networks (VPNs) in Cuba. Rubio also discussed the targeted sanctions against members of the Cuban regime imposed by the Biden Administration earlier in the day. 
“VPNs can play a role in helping the Cuban people connect to the internet and get around the regime’s blockade, but it does nothing if the regime cuts off internet access,” Rubio said. “The technology exists to provide satellite and cell service from balloons and other methods directly to those without internet access. But that will not happen in Cuba unless the Biden Administration steps up. I am glad President Biden is beginning to take some action, but he must do more to help the people of Cuba secure uncensored access to the internet.”
In December 2020, Rubio warned the Biden Administration needed to prioritize internet access in Cuba: 
By contrast, a more responsible policy towards Cuba would follow in the footsteps of President Trump and advance policies meant to protect the fundamental rights of Cubans. In the coming years, that will particularly mean working to promote internet access on the island, so Cubans are better connected with independent sources of information.
On July 12, one day after peaceful protests broke out across the island, Rubio urged President Biden to make it “an urgent priority of the United States to facilitate open and free satellite internet access on the island of Cuba.” It was a call he reiterated on the Senate floor the same day, and in a July 14 letter that outlined various options the Administration could take. Rubio’s office met with the White House on the issue and continues to speak with various companies with the capabilities to help Cubans communicate freely.


Miami, FL — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) emitió un comunicado luego que la administración Biden anunciara su intención de aumentar el acceso a redes privadas virtuales (VPN, por sus siglas en inglés) para Cuba. Más temprano, Rubio habló sobre las sanciones contra miembros del régimen cubano impuestas por la administración Biden. 
“Las redes privadas virtuales (VPN) pueden ayudar al pueblo cubano a conectarse al internet y lidiar con el bloqueo del régimen, pero no hacen nada si el régimen corta el acceso a Internet”, Rubio dijo. “La tecnología existe para proporcionar servicio celular y satelital desde globos y otros métodos directamente a quienes no tienen acceso a internet. Pero eso no sucederá en Cuba a menos que la administración Biden dé un paso adelante. Me alegra que el presidente Biden esté comenzando a tomar medidas, pero debe hacer más para ayudar al pueblo de Cuba a asegurar el acceso sin censura a internet ”.
En diciembre del 2020, Rubio advirtió a la administración Biden que debían priorizar el acceso a internet en Cuba.
El 12 de julio, un día después que empezaron las protestas pacíficas en Cuba, Rubio instó al presidente Biden a que sea “una prioridad urgente de EE.UU. el facilitar el acceso a internet satelital abierto y gratuito en la isla de Cuba”. Fue un pedido que reiteró en el pleno del senado ese mismo día. El 14 de julio, Rubio envió otra carta en donde describió varias opciones que la administración podía tomar. La oficina de Rubio se reunió con la Casa Blanca sobre el tema y continúa dialogando con varias empresas con capacidad para ayudar a los cubanos a comunicarse libremente.