Silence is golden…especially when you don’t want the truth getting out. We’ve seen this wherever a scandal emerges. The reason people caught in the spotlight tend to say “no comment” when they’re being accused of something is because they never want to say too much or slip up and admit their guilt. Silence tends to be the default strategy for those looking to hide something, and governments are some of the worst offenders—especially governments of communist countries. To say that information is not freely given by communist governments would be an understatement. In fact, it would be more accurate to say that these governments trade in misinformation than any other governing body, as has been the case since the rise of communism in the 20th Century. China did it…Russia did it…Venezuela did it…Cuba has done it and is doing it right now. As protests rage across the island nation, Cuba’s government is taking steps to ensure that the government narrative is the only narrative the world sees. President Miguel Diaz-Canel has ordered the internet in the country to be shut down so the people can’t transmit the truth of what’s happening there.
Information: The Key To Defeating Communism
The murder of unarmed protesters, the kidnapping and imprisonment of citizens, the suppression of individual freedom—all because the government objects to the people’s desire to be free. However, as long as the government can steer the narrative, they get to control what the world thinks is going on. But that just won’t do for Cuba’s closest American neighbor, the state Florida—and the state’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, has an idea on how to fix it. Ronny D has an out-of-the-box idea on how America can bring the internet back so the anti-communist protesters inside Cuba can broadcast their firsthand footage—and it’s just crazy enough to work. DeSantis has asked President Joe Biden to greenlight a plan to transmit the internet to people in Cuba…via balloons. Google (you know, the search engine company) had a program called “Loon” intended for providing high-altitude internet service that utilized balloons. The company shut it down at the beginning of the year when it became more of a liability than a profit stream, but Ronny D thinks this could be the key to America helping the people of Cuba.
The Floating Solution
The Loon balloons are essentially cell towers the size of a tennis court… They float between 60,000 to 75,000 feet (11 to 14 miles) above the earth, well above commercial jetliner routes, are made of plastic polyethylene, and use solar panels for electricity—and these simple devices can deliver wireless service to THOUSANDS The best part? It’s already been used in the Caribbean! Loon technology was used in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria decimated the island’s wireless networks in 2017. But could service be sent from the US to Cuba? Experts say yes, as the Loon technology could connect multiple balloons to extend connections beyond the necessary ground link. In one 2018 test, Loon said the connection jumped 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles) over seven balloons, and, in another test, bridged a wireless connection over 600 kilometers (roughly 370 miles) between two balloons. Cuba is only 90 miles away from Florida at its closest points, so this could easily work. However, the question is… Will Biden give it a thumbs up? Odds are against it. While he’s said a few disparaging words against communism and socialism, the US government really can’t get involved even if they wanted to, for fear of creating an international incident that could lead to global retaliation. However, what a private citizen or company does is no one’s business but their own. *cough* looking at you Google *cough* Hopefully, this fight for freedom doesn’t fizzle out before we can help. We’ve already got Floridians running supplies over to Cuba…so would it be that hard to get them a little bit of internet? “Information is the oxygen of the modern age.” – Ronald Reagan