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Anna Eshoo
IDT is 1st U.S. telecom to connect directly to Cuba

The first U.S. company to strike a long-distance deal with Cuba since the Obama administration announced a telecom opening toward the island is now handling direct calls to Cuba. Previously, U.S. carriers couldn't make direct calls to Cuba and had to use a non-U.S. carrier for the final connection. IDT agreed with Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, the island's national telecom provider, to exchange international long-distance traffic in February, and the Federal Communications Commission approved the deal this week. IDT began doing business with the Cuban company on Wednesday. The telecom opening, which was announced in December as part of the President Barack Obama's...