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Almost No Cubans Have Broadband. Why Does Netflix Want to Stream There?

Cuba's Internet isn't ready for Netflix
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When President Obama announced a deal to improve relations with Cuba late last year, it was clearly only a matter of time before American corporate interests descended on the island. One strange step in that direction took place Monday as Netflix announced new operations in the country. "Starting today," the company said in a statement, "people in Cuba with Internet connections and access to international payment methods will be able to subscribe to Netflix.” 

That's just the problem: Almost nobody in Cuba has access to the sort of broadband connection required to enjoy House of Cards.