U.S. Department of State

12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 19:59

Press Releases: Cuba Internet Task Force Second Public Meeting

As directed in President Trump's June 16, 2017, National Security Presidential Memorandum-5 'Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,' the Department of State convened a second meeting of the Cuba Internet Task Force composed of U.S. government and non-governmental representatives on Thursday, December 6. During the inaugural meeting in February, the Task Force agreed to form two subcommittees, one to explore the role of media and freedom of information in Cuba, and one to explore internet access in Cuba.

The Task Force convened on December 6 to review the subcommittee recommendations in an open and transparent forum. During the meeting, members of the public had the opportunity to contribute additional comments and recommendations for the task force's consideration. The Task Force agreed to prepare a final report with recommendations for the Secretary of State and the President by May 2019. The report will outline recommendations for expanding internet access in Cuba with the goal of helping the Cuban people enjoy the free and unregulated flow of information.

The Cuba Internet Task Force is chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Dale Eppler. In addition to the Department of State, other entities represented on the Task Force include the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Freedom House, and the Information Technology Industry Council.

The Cuba Internet Task Force is a Presidential Advisory Committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Consistent with the objectives of FACA, we continue to ensure that advice of the advisory committee is objective and accessible to the public. All public documents related to the task force are available on the Department of State's Cuba Internet Task Force webpage. Those interested in providing additional comments for the task force's consideration may do so on the webpage or by emailing [email protected].