US telecom companies can now provide services to Cuba
The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has removed Cuba from its "exclusion list," allowing U.S. companies to provide telecommunication services to the Caribbean country without separate approval from the agency.
Cuba was the last remaining country on the FCC's exclusion list. Its elimination is a step towards normalization initiated by Washington and Havana in December 2014.
Since the validity of the list (1996), operators intending to offer services to Cuba were obliged to submit a special request that was processed in coordination with the US Department of State.
In September, Verizon Wireless said it became the first U.S. wireless company to offer roaming in Cuba through its "Pay-As-You-Go International Travel" option, which costs $2.99 per minute for calls and $2.05 per megabyte for data; and the State Department recommended in October that the FCC remove Cuba from the exclusion list, so the FCC began collecting public comments.