Cuba used to be host to an inexplicable phenomenon called SNET, a network made by people for the people. Soon SNET will be no more. | Source: Shutterstock
By CCN Markets: Cuban authorities have stated that the government will be taking over the country’s largest private network, SNET. Its users are unhappy and fearful for the future of their communication. Gamers have begun to protest, and some are under threat of being arrested based on social media updates. We doubt the protests will reach the escalated levels that have gripped Hong Kong, but it is good to see Cuban locals rising up against the tyranny.
SNET is going to die because it did a good job, too good a job
Did you know Esports is kind of a big thing in Cuba? That’s unexpected, considering how Cubans can’t play with the rest of the world. Luckily, they can play with one another. What makes it possible is an underground network called SNET.
Short for Street Network, SNET is nothing short of a miracle. It’s an underground network created and maintained by the inhabitants of Cuba, run without State interference. It began in the early 2000s as an experiment between two friends who wanted to play together by sharing one cable, then went on to cover most of Cuba. It’s not just for gaming either. Since Cubans don’t naturally have fast access to social networks such as Facebook and Instagram, they’ve created their own versions of those sites. All of that is an immensely impressive feat considering how they’re doing it without outside – or even inside – help.
SNET obeyed 3 rules that allowed it to survive
Another hardship was the ever-present threat of the state.