Havana Protests US Efforts to Increase Internet Access in Cuba

Cuba has officially protested the creation of a US taskforce to improve internet access on the island, arguing it "violates Cuba's sovereignty." The communist-controlled island is one of the most not connected in the world.

The US State Department said that the task force will hold its first meeting on February 7 to encourage "free flow of information in Cuba." The team will study "the challenges and technological opportunities to expand internet access and media independently in Cuba, "the US State Department said.

In a diplomatic memo to the top US diplomat in Havana, Lawrence Gumbiner, Cuba on Wednesday (31/1) filed a" violent protest "against America's desire to publicly violate Cuba's related sovereignty national legislation governing the flow of information. "

The memo declared the attempt to manipulate the internet for political and subversive purposes it is intended to "alter or disrupt the constitutional order" in Cuba. Cuba demanded that America "halt subversive, intervention, and illegal action against Cuba." According to Cuban government data, 40 percent of the island's 11 million inhabitants can use the internet in 2017.

However, in spite of recent government efforts to increase wifi availability, most Cubans have no internet because of costly access, (19659003) US-Cuban relations began to warm under President Barack Obama, when both countries placed ambassadors in 2015 for the first time since 1961. But President Donald Trump has taken up a tougher approach to Cuba since taking office. In his state address on Tuesday, Trump highlighted how his administration had "imposed tough sanctions on communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela." [as/ii]

More Americans are Expending Groceries Through the Internet

America's "Amazoning" economy continues at a rapid pace, and now more and more Americans are buying groceries online.

According to the Food Marketing Institute report, online grocery shopping will account for 20% of total grocery expenditure on by 2025. This means total sales reached 100 billion dollars, or between 2 and 4 percent of the food sales market.

As with any other type of online shopping, Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable shopping for food online. A Gallup poll recently found that about 20% of Americans buy food online, but only 9% buy fresh produce or fresh meat. For example, Amazon's largest foodstuff sales are packaged foods such as drinks, snacks and breakfast.

According to One Click Retail – which collects trade data in cyberspace – Amazon surprisingly leads online grocery sales of about 18% , or means sales of two billion dollars from the total online wholesale market.

Amazon's share of the online grocery market is likely to increase thanks to the purchase of the Whole Foods high-price food network. According to One Click Retail, generic brands "Whole Foods" or commonly referred to as "365 Everyday Value" became the second most-sold brand in the Amazon within four months of the "Whole Foods" acquisition.

As for fresh products , Amazon – through "AmazonFresh" – ready to offer delivery on the same day in several cities, and plan to expand it in the future.

Do you buy groceries online? [em/al]

US to Revise 'Full Neutral' Internet Rule

The United States on Thursday (14/12) is ready to lift a two-year "full neutral" full law that ensures equal access to the internet and replaces it with policies that reduce regulation for major internet service providers and authorize it to determine what content accessible to consumers.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote 3-to-2 to adopt a draft submitted by FCC Chief Ajit Pai and approved by President Donald Trump to "fix" rules for major telecommunications companies and end what which he said " micromanaging " of the federal government against the internet.

The controversial change revoked the policy of 2015 proclaimed by former President Barack Obama The lifting of a 'full neutral' rule that treats all equivalent web traffic has caused hundreds of public protests and more than one million appeals to members of Congress to reject the Pai plan. Some consumer groups vow to file lawsuits for the new regulation

They will re-enact rules that make broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT & T obstruct or charge fees for services they do not like and will ban 50 states to enforce their own rules.

Pai said the plan would end unnecessary regulation and give Americans more access to the internet. This will give the internet service providers a great right to block rival apps, slow down competitor services and offer faster internet connections to companies willing to pay for it. [ps/al]