Cubans surf the web at home in Havana pilot project

By Rodrigo Gutierrez and Mario Fuentes HAVANA (Reuters) – Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world. Most of Communist-ruled Cuba's 11.2 million inhabitants only have access to internet at Wi-Fi hotspots, and only then if they can afford the $1.50 hourly tariff that represents around 5 percent of the average monthly state salary. "I had never had any experience of internet," she said, seated in front of a laptop she has owned for two years without web access, searching for videos of her favorite singers on YouTube.

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