Basically, and allowing for technological advances (cellphones, satellites, internet, etc.), the "new, improved and hopeful" Obama policy removes most of the additional restrictions on family travel imposed by Reagan, Bush and Little Bush, but is more restrictive than the Carter policy.
In return, we've received nothing, not even the promise of anything.
And, you do remember what Castro gave us in response to Carter's liberalization? The Mariel boatlift.
P.S. - Democratic candidates are not exactly embracing these proposals. ("At a Monday morning rally for his U.S. Senate campaign, [U.S. Rep. Kendrick] Meek said he supports curbing the amount of money Cuban Americans can send to their relatives because the communist government takes a 20 percent cut.")