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posted by janrinok on Wednesday September 21, @07:32PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

Starlink will ask for exemption to Iran sanctions, says Musk:

Elon Musk has said his satellite internet business Starlink will ask for an exemption to US sanctions on Iran.

The statement was made on Twitter in response to science journalist Erfan Kasraie, who described Starlink's service in the Western Asian country as a "game changer for the future."

Animosity between the States and Iran runs deep with sanctions spanning more than four decades in response to the Iranian nuclear program and the regime's support for what the US deems terrorist organizations.

Iran is most recently in hot water with the US for supplying drones to Russia for use in its invasion of Ukraine, where Starlink has begun supplying antennas and modems to the Ukraine military to improve wartime communications. The US further sanctioned Iran earlier this month after an alleged July cyberattack against NATO ally Albania.

[...] But whether Starlink should get an exemption in Iran, which has been at odds with the United States since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 when the ostensibly modern state transitioned to a theocratic regime, is a complicated matter.

In the unlikely event that a deal with Iran would be greenlit by the White House, Starlink would have to go through the country's government. Considering that the regime controls media and internet access, would it really allow civilians unfettered access to an American satellite network?

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"We 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," Secretary Blinken said.

Currently, in Iran, massive protests are happening as a result of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the morality police for her head scarf not being properly worn. Although she had no known heart-related health problems, the police said she suddenly died of heart failure.

[...] Elon also responded, "OK," to @agusantonetti who asked if he could do the same for other countries under a dictatorship such as Cuba.

Has some entity been gathering Starlink terminals and smuggling them into Iran in the weeks or months prior to this announcement?

See also: U.S. Treasury Issues Iran General License D-2 to Increase Support for Internet Freedom
Musk says he will activate Starlink amid Iran protests
Starlink Benefit "Literally Zero" For Iranian Protestors Says Expert
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Previously: Starlink Will Ask for Exemption to Iran Sanctions, Says Musk

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by HammeredGlass on Wednesday September 21, @08:14PM (4 children)

    by HammeredGlass (12241) on Wednesday September 21, @08:14PM (#1272861)

    What else did we expect when we block countries from the global market and lock people into dictatorial countries?

    • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 21, @09:37PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 21, @09:37PM (#1272888)

      Nobody believes in free speech anymore, and in the States the 1st Amendment has been depreciated.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by FreezePeaches on Thursday September 22, @06:21AM (2 children)

        by FreezePeaches (18511) on Thursday September 22, @06:21AM (#1272946)

        Certainly not SoylentNews. Just saying.


        • (Score: 2, Disagree) by janrinok on Thursday September 22, @07:21AM (1 child)

          by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 22, @07:21AM (#1272947) Journal
          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by HammeredGlass on Thursday September 22, @03:02PM

            by HammeredGlass (12241) on Thursday September 22, @03:02PM (#1272993)

            fuck randall and his self-righteous signalling to his fellow academics who won't invite him to the cool parties anymore if he doesn't say the thing

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Adam on Wednesday September 21, @08:30PM (1 child)

    by Adam (2168) on Wednesday September 21, @08:30PM (#1272866)

    I think the point of Musi's proposal was that Starlink WOULDN'T go through the government - thereby aiding the ongoing protests I don't know how he'd get the antennas to the protestors though. I don't know if those are simple enough to safely hand to the Iranian gov. We might end up with Starlink powered enemy drones.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Snotnose on Wednesday September 21, @09:21PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Wednesday September 21, @09:21PM (#1272885)

    Starlink doesn't need permission from those assholes who kill women for showing hair. Head hair. FFS, who can respect a government that kills a 20 something woman because a lock of hair blew in the wind out of her government sanctioned hair control device.

    Elon needs to be treating Iran like Ukraine: send as many terminals as possible to folks until he runs out of money under the couch.

    I fondly remember the day I made sandcastles with my grandmother. Just wish I hadn't done it in the crematorium.
    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 21, @09:54PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 21, @09:54PM (#1272894)

      Who are the fascists that are modding down these posts (this and the first one on top)?!