Cubans praise Internet access centers, say price too steep at $4.50 an hour

Cuba has begun offering Internet access at more than 100 publicly run computer centers around the country.

People are lining up at one of the cyber-salons in Havana, waiting for a turn at one of a dozen computer terminals.

Currently most islanders who go online only get as far as a domestic Intranet, not the broader Worldwide Web.

The Internet service that began Tuesday costs $4.50 per hour. That's a tall order for the legions of Cubans making around $20 a month from government salaries.

Island officials have said the service was made possible by an undersea fiber-optic cable strung from Venezuela that began carrying data traffic in January.

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