Tesla CEO and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will activate his Starlink satellite broadband service for the people of Iran. Musk wrote this on Twitter on Friday. Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US had taken measures to improve free access to the Internet in Iran and allow a free flow of information.
According to the US Treasury, the US government wants to expand Internet access for Iranians despite existing sanctions. Musk said on Monday that he wanted to apply for an exemption from Iran sanctions for his Starlink service. It is still unclear whether he still needs a special permit.
For a week now, Islamist-ruled Iran has been experiencing a rare wave of protests. The Iranian government has been blocking access to the Internet ever since. The protests are about the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the Iranian moral police for violating the headscarf rules.