It was his fifth trip to the island working for a Bethesda-based contractor to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Gross and administration officials say he was trying to help Cuba's small Jewish community gain better access to the Internet and set up their own intranet.
The USAID program has since been canceled. Among the changes that were announced Wednesday, Obama said the United States would allow American businesses to export Internet and other telecommunications equipment to help Cubans communicate with Americans and the rest of the world.
Tribune News Services and Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze contributed to this story.