SpaceX is ‘Activating Starlink’ Internet in Iran, Says Elon Musk
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Friday the White House “took action today to advance Internet freedom and the free flow of information for the Iranian people, issuing a General License to provide them greater access to digital communications to counter the Iranian government’s censorship.”
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk replied just now, “activating Starlink…”
Activating Starlink …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 23, 2022
Starlink internet requires a portable satellite dish and can be activated from any continent on Earth. SpaceX assisted Ukraine by providing thousands of Starlink dishes to counter the invasion from Russia, that cut off communications.
Nationwide protests have erupted in Iran, after a 22-year old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini died in police custody, for allegedly failing to comply with the country’s hijab rules. In response, the Iranian government has cut off internet access to apps such as WhatsApp and Instagram. With Starlink, Iranians will be able to go online and bypass government internet cut offs.
Earlier this month, Musk said “Starlink will ask for an exemption to Iranian sanctions in this regard,” to offer satellite internet in Iran.