Google expanding Internet services in Cuba, says Obama

But it's not clear how the search giant will bring expanded Internet to Cuba.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor

The first of three Google Loon balloons drifted into Sri Lankan airspace after being launched from South America.

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Google is planning to expand Internet service in Cuba past the country's state-run internet provider, President Barack Obama told ABC News in his visit to the island nation on Sunday.

"One of the things that we'll be announcing here is that Google has a deal to start setting up more Wi-Fi and broadband access on the island," Obama said in the interview, which aired Monday.

Google hasn't confirmed what products it plans to launch in Cuba or what content restrictions will be in place on users.

In late-2014, the White House announced it will begin diplomatic relations with Cuba.

"We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America's interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse," the administration wrote in a release.

Google has put its hand in developing nation's in the past. The search giant began experimenting with balloons that float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes to beam Internet to rural areas around the world.

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