Radio and TV Marti sent forbidden internet technology to Cuba - EntornoInteligente

MiamiHerald / With the Cuban government’s persistent jamming of their broadcasts, Radio and TV Martí have used alternative means to deliver content to the island — including sneaking in the same technology that put Alan Gross in prison.

Gross, a subcontractor with the U.S. Agency for International Development, spent five years jailed in Havana for giving Cubans forbidden technology for accessing the internet. It’s now clear that the U.S. government’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB), which runs the Martí operations, did the same for years.

The OCB slipped into the island small satellite sets known as BGAN – Broadband Global Area Network – as part of its effort to provide Cubans with access to the internet that was not monitored by the Cuban government, and to deliver Martí programs to the island.

The BGAN program began during Fiscal Year 2013, which started Oct. 1, 2012, and ended in FY2015, according to Nasserie Carew, a spokesman for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal agency that runs OCB.

Radio and TV Marti sent forbidden internet technology to Cuba

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