Elon Musk says Starlink will seek exemptions to sanctions on Iran

 

Elon Musk says Starlink will seek exemptions to sanctions on Iran

Starlink, which Musk said is now active on all seven continents, works by connecting thousands of satellites in low-earth orbit with user terminals on the ground.

Internet monitor NetBlocks reported that there was a telecommunications blackout in parts of the Kurdistan province in Iran on Monday amid widespread protests over the death of a Kurdish-Iranian woman in police custody last week.

 

Iran’s morality police arrested Mahsa Amini, 22, on Sept. 14 and allegedly accused her of failing to properly wear her hijab. She fell into a coma while being detained and died three days later.

ELON MUSK SAYS SPACEX, APPLE HAVE HAD ‘SOME PROMISING CONVERSATIONS’ ABOUT STARLINK CONNECTIVITY

Aside from internet disruptions, there are also tight restrictions on social media and other content in Iran.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands at the opening of the company's Berlin factory.

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP / AP Newsroom)

SpaceX sent a shipment of Starlink user terminals to Ukraine in February just days after Russia invaded, causing disruptions to internet service there.

Starlink also sent user terminals to the south Pacific islands in Tonga earlier this year after a volcano erupted and cut off the island’s internet.

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