A statement made Friday night by the head of the U.S. interest section in Havana, Michael Parmly that: “U.S. technology companies are willing at this time- now!- to connect Cuba to the world wide web and the U.S. government will not oppose it”, deserves praise.

Mr. Parmly was referring to an effect of the U.S. embargo that prohibits Cuba from connecting to underwater fiber optic cables which would widen Cuba’s access to broadband Internet. With the recent reforms announced by Raul Castro which allow Cubans to purchase personal computers, and with expectations for change among the population at perhaps the highest they have ever been, statements such as this go a long way toward challenging the Cuban government to institute substantive reforms that would give Cubans freedom of information and the ability to communicate with the rest of the world. It is time for the U.S. government to start eliminating excuses the Cuban regime has used to justify the failed and oppressive policies it has instituted and to begin to challenge the regime to implement reforms through proactive policies such as the one announced by Mr. Parmly last Friday.

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