Cubans began to have more access to internet again on Wednesday after a blackout left much of the island following the protests with limited to no ability to share and publicize the government’s response to protesters — thousands of whom have been arrested or are missing, according to local activists.
Still, officials on both sides of the aisle have been calling for the Biden administration to step up and expand access, so the Cuban government can’t cut off Cubans’ connectivity in the future.
But the White House isn’t ready to commit and has been relatively slow to react to the crisis in Cuba. That go-it-slow approach has emboldened Republicans, who criticize Biden as too sclerotic. And Florida Democrats fear the president could blow an opportunity to reorient U.S. Cuba policy and improve the party’s political chances in a former swing state that Republicans have increasingly begun to dominate by making inroads with Hispanic voters.