Published Date 3/26/08 6:30 PM
Reports from a leaked government memo suggest that Cuba is set to lift restrictions prohibiting Cubans from owning computers, VNUNet.com reports. Unveiled by Reuters, the memo suggested that individual Cubans will soon be allowed to purchase PCs and DVD players, while restrictions on video recorders, car alarms, 19 and 24 inch television sets, electric pressure cookers and microwaves are also set to be lifted. Because of limited power supplies, however, air conditioners may not legally become available until next year, and Cubans may have to wait until 2010 to purchase a toaster. Previously Cuba only allowed foreign nationals and some companies to purchase computers; Raul Castro, who was formally appointed as Cuban president last month, is set to relax the laws (Trendall, VNUNet.com, 3/25/08).