SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Friday that he will activate the Starlink satellite internet service in response to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s tweet that the United States is taking steps to promote internet freedom. and the free flow of information for Iranians.
On Friday, the US Treasury issued guidelines to expand internet services available to Iranians despite US sanctions on Iran, coinciding with an escalation of protests across the country over the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody. policeman.
A Treasury official told reporters on Friday that commercial use of the Starlink service, which would require sending equipment to Iran, would not be covered by the department’s general license. “On this issue, they should approach the Treasury Department to do this,” the official added.
Musk was not immediately available to comment or clarify what permissions Starlink could obtain to operate in Iran.
On Monday, Musk said the company wanted an exemption from sanctions against Iran to provide its Starlink satellite broadband service to the country. The company has already provided the same service to the Ukrainians in the fight against the Russian invasion.
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