The USA has decided to extend its internet services to Iran
The USA has chosen to offer Iran access to its internet services. In light of the restrictions placed on Iran as a result of the passing of a lady in her twenties, it was decided to expand internet services. The Secretary of State tweeted about the decision as well, stating that the US is expanding internet access to ensure information access. Starlink is anticipated to offer internet services.
Due to protests sparked by the death of a 22-year-old while in police custody, Iran is currently experiencing unrest. Mahsa Amini died after being detained by the morality police for not donning a head scarf, Mahsa Amini died. According to reports, the incident sparked widespread uproar throughout the nation and resulted in the deaths of seven people. Iranian women are reportedly burning their hijabs and cutting their hair in protest.
An official of the Treasury Agency stated that the department expects the internet service provider to write them regarding the approval for hardware equipment as they are not included under the license in the context of the restrictions that the United States has placed on Iran. According to reports, remote areas are the ideal candidates for Starlink, which uses satellites to deliver internet services. It offers internet services via a constellation of low-orbiting satellites. Currently, Starlink offers services in 36 nations. In the upcoming years, it plans to expand its services to additional nations.
However, a spokeswoman for the US State Department claimed that if one performs well based on the license’s conditions, they do not need to request further authorization. The insider also said that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) would welcome an authorization for Space X if it were essential to obtain it. “Our understanding of Starlink is that what they provide would be commercial grade, and it would be hardware that’s not covered in the general license; so that would be something they would need to write into Treasury for,” a Treasury official briefing reporters said.
The department representative concluded by adding that it will consider inquiries about the activity of giving internet access to the nation. Elon Musk, who owns Starlink, stated in a statement on Monday that he would like to provide Iran with the same broadband internet services that he now provides in Ukraine. Musk has already stated that he intends to request an exemption.