SpaceX Will Ask for Starlink Exemptions to Sanctions on Iran, Cuba, Possibly More

SpaceX may look into offering Starlink satellite internet for Iran and other dictatorships such as Cuba, for humanitarian purposes.

When asked on Monday if it was “technically possible to provide Starlink to Iranian people?” by a @erfan_kasraie, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk replied, “Starlink will ask for an exemption to Iranian sanctions in this regard.”

Currently, the U.S. has sanctions against business dealings with Iran, which tightly controls how information is accessed in the nation. Should Musk be able to offer Starlink in Iran, it would likely be provided to citizens that require access to the internet for emergency communications, as we’ve seen with SpaceX and how it was able to help Ukraine, against the invasion from Russia.

When asked, “Could you do the same for other countries under a dictatorship like Cuba for example? You will save so many lives,” by human rights activist @agusantonetti, Musk replied with a simple, “OK”.

Musk was responding to questions on his tweet from Sunday, announcing that Starlink was now activated on all continents, including Antarctica.