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Minister of IT and Communications, Maimir Mesa, put forward today before Parliament the actions to improve the access to telephone, postal and Internet services.

Mesa presented to the plenary of legislators the report about his ministry's performance, including the transformations for updating the country's socio-economic model, a process that seeks more efficiency and productivity based on the guidelines of the 6th Congress of the Communist Party.

The increase of fixed and mobile telephone lines, the progress in the elimination of silence zones in central and eastern Cuba and the implementation of a comprehensive reform plan to increase the quality and running of the postal system are included among priorities.

Also in the agenda is the promotion of the social use of Internet, benefiting mainly education and research centers, said the minister at the Havana Convention Palace, where sessions of the 7th Legislature of the National Assembly of the People's Power (Parliament) are being held since Dec. 10.

According to Mesa, work is underway in projects like the start of operation of the Center of Public Data and the E-Mail Platform, as well as those to improve connectivity and guarantee greater security of the networks.

Regarding current experiences in the social use of Internet, Mesa highlighted the Joven Club de Computacion (national network of community IT training centres), some 600 such centers with a total of over 6,700 PCs in the 15 Cuban provinces and more than three million people graduated from different courses since 1987.

During the plenary, a number of legislators expressed their concerns about the prices of cell phone services, the access to Internet in universities and the fight against illegalities in the field of telecommunications.

The final session of the 7th Legislature of the National Assembly of the People's Power is scheduled for tomorrow, when the Economy and Budget Plan for 2013 will be put before members for approval.

Source: Prensa Latina

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