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Oct 25, 2017

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family

The introduction of Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuban public spaces two years ago has transformed the Communist-run island that had been mostly offline. At dusk, when the worst of the Caribbean heat has subsided, parks around Cuba fill with families video chatting with loved ones abroad or scrolling through social media, their animated faces lit by telephone and tablet screens.

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Taxi driver Rene Almeida speaks to relatives living in the United States on a video call inside his cab at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, September 24, 2017. The dome light is on to provide better lighting for the video call. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, January 19, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, January 19, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, January 19, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, January 15, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, February 3, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, May 4, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A man connects to an internet hotspot at the sea front at the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, August 4, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, September 12, 2016. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Regla, Cuba, November 19, 2015. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, November 22, 2015. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Young people connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, July 6, 2016. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Gabriela Monteiro (R), 16, and Gisele Rodriguez, 15, use the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, September 12, 2016. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Tourist guide Daniel Hernandez, 26, sits on his Russian-made car as he speaks to his girlfriend who lives in Britain, at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, September 24, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Regla, Cuba, November 19, 2015. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Claudia Espinosa, 20 (R), and her mother Maribel Sosa, speak to relatives living in the United States at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, September 24, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People make a video call inside a car at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, August 5, 2017. The dome light is on to provide better lighting for the video call. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Doctor Alejandro Soto stands with his dog Coco as he connects to an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, August 16, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A dancer uses an internet hotspot from inside a bus before performing at the Carnival of Havana, Cuba, August 19, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Dancers use an internet hotspot before performing at the Carnival of Havana, Cuba, August 18, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A man connects to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, August 16, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, August 16, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A man sits on his doorstep to connect to a nearby internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, August 7, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A man connects to an internet hotspot at the sea front at the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, August 4, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A woman sits on a vintage car as she uses an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, August 5, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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A woman talks to people via the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, October 19, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

For Cubans, Wi-Fi means family
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Ballet dancer Roberta Maresca (L), uses her computer at an internet hotspot in Havana, Cuba, October 16, 2017. ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI/REUTERS

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