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As recently as 2008, Internet access was all but totally banned in Cuba, making it one of the most technologically isolated nations in the world. Thanks to relaxing government regulations, the country now has more than 3 million Internet users and counting. Access remains expensive, but is still evolving and improving. In June 2015, Cuba’s state-owned communications provider cut the price of access in half. They also opened WiFi hotspots in parks and other public spaces around the country. As other Internet providers spring up, they are getting some help from western nations like Canada. Develop Cuba is a project by Montreal-based Notman House to not only offer financial assistance to startups, but also knowledge and guidance. While the Cuban government continues to relax restrictions on private businesses, tech startups are still technically illegal. But so far they’ve been allowed to develop. Startup owners hope that continues.

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