Orange County

DeSantis calls for more U.S. resources to help bring internet to Cuba

ORLANDO, Fla. — The calls for action are getting louder across Cuba and in Central Florida

Another Free Cuba rally is planned for Tuesday afternoon in front of the Sedanos Supermarket on Colonial Drive.

A lot of Cuban Americans in Orlando are worried for their families in Cuba. They’re in the dark right now and don’t know what’s going on because they don’t have internet.

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Now, Gov. Ron DeSantis is promising action.

DeSantis was surrounded by lawmakers and Cuban Americans Tuesday for a roundtable to address the escalating unrest on the island.

DeSantis said it’s time to bring U.S. resources to help connect Cubans with internet access again.

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“They don’t want people to be able to communicate,” he said. “One of the things I think we should be able to do with our private companies is provide some of that internet via satellite. We have the space coast that can launch those things.”

Former Orange County mayor and Cuban-American Mel Martinez has been calling for the same thing since Monday.

The rally at Sedanos Supermarket kicks off at 6 p.m., with another one planned for Saturday at Lake Eola.

Photos: Orlando rallies in support of Cuba

Adam Poulisse,

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.