Rep. Salazar sends concept to Elon Musk: Aid me with Cuba

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Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., is building a personalized charm to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to convey satellite net technological innovation to Cuba, considerably like he did in Ukraine. 

Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, despatched the Starlink satellite technological innovation to Ukraine in reaction to a general public ask for from Ukraine Vice Key Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who is concerned about net disruptions during the Russian invasion. 

The company is now up and working and is the only non-Russian communications technique nevertheless working in some components of Ukraine, in accordance to Musk. 


“I thank Mr. Elon Musk, and I would love for him to do the exact same factor for Cuba,” Salazar advised WHD News Electronic in an interview. “We ended up hoping to achieve out to him and his technological innovation mainly because it’s basically sending the information to people persons: You are not on your own.”

Rep. Maria Salazar introduces resolution denouncing the horrors of socialism, which included examples in China, Cuba and North Korea.

Rep. Maria Salazar introduces resolution denouncing the horrors of socialism, which provided illustrations in China, Cuba and North Korea.
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“We know that the Russians are going to shut down (the) world wide web mainly because they want to wipe out in silence, or the darkness,” Salazar ongoing. “Starlink and Mr. Musk, they are heroes, because what they’re undertaking is they’re displaying the environment via pictures, the barbarities that are getting done by the Russians.”

The issue of connectivity is a substantial precedence for Salazar, the freshman lawmaker from South Florida who is the daughter of Cuban exiles.  She introduced laws in August, called Procedure Starfall, to offer obtain to wireless communications overseas when rogue regimes shut down online entry. 

The legislation phone calls to deploy stratospheric balloons, aerostats or satellite technological innovation able of rapidly offering wireless net any where on the planet, from the stratosphere, or larger. 

Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk speaks in Hawthorne, Calif., Dec. 18, 2018. 

Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk speaks in Hawthorne, Calif., Dec. 18, 2018. 
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Her legislative press arrived immediately after anti-governing administration protests broke out in Cuba in July. The communist government responded by restricting web access in an attempt to stifle dissent and cover the violent crackdown on activists. 

“If the Biden administration would have furnished world-wide-web connectivity to the Cubans, you would have 5 million Cubans on the streets of Havana,” Salazar claimed. “It is unattainable for the Cuban routine to place in jail 5 million individuals. And that would have been the beginning of the close.”


The press workplaces for Musk’s two corporations, Telsa and Starlink, did not quickly answer to WHD News’ requests for remark.

Dulce Diaz, center, and her brother Carlos Diaz, left, demonstrate July 14, 2021, in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, as people rallied in support of anti-government demonstrations in Cuba. 

Dulce Diaz, heart, and her brother Carlos Diaz, still left, display July 14, 2021, in Miami’s Very little Havana community, as individuals rallied in aid of anti-federal government demonstrations in Cuba. 
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Starlink is a network of about 2,000 satellites in lower earth orbit that offer significant-velocity broadband internet by connecting with user terminals on the floor. Ukraine expert periodic world-wide-web outages previous week as Russian forces invaded from the north, south and east, according to online watch NetBlocks.

The major difference amongst location up Starlink stations in Cuba and Ukraine is that Ukraine’s authorities would like world wide web connectivity. Musk has warned that the Starlink method in Ukraine could be vulnerable to Russian cyberattacks. 

WHD News’ David Aaro and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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