As Iran is plagued with nationwide protests, the United States revealed that it will ease internet restrictions in Iran. Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, revealed that they were going to help ensure that Iranian people are not isolated or kept in the dark. American reach firms will be able to extensively expand their business in Iran by the relaxation of software controls.
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Mr. Blinken revealed that the partial relaxation of internet restrictions in Iran would be a concrete step in supporting Iranians and granting them their basic rights. He also mentioned that the ongoing protests and internet restrictions showed that the Iranian government was clearly afraid of its own people. The U.S treasury mentioned that it was going to assist in countering the Iranian government’s attempt to censor and surveil its own people. However, an immediate impact is not expected as it does not help in removing all tools of oppression.
Elon Musk recently tweeted that he would help in the process by activating his satellite internet firm, Starlink. Starlink provides internet services via a huge network of satellites and is aimed at people who live in remote areas and cannot get high-speed internet.
US officials said that the updated license did not cover hardware supplied by Mr. Musk but his firm and others were welcome to apply for permission to the treasury.
Following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, Iran is now facing the worst unrest in years. Mahsa Amini was detained for failing to adhere to hijab rules. So far, at least 35 people have been killed.