There is many news these days about the finalization of satellite internet. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, which is launching the Starlink satellite Internet project, has announced that the space Internet is ready for people to access and use. He said that, after the launch of the latest satellites (October 2020), when these satellites reach their destination, we will be able to launch a relatively large-scale pilot project to access the Internet in the northern United States and possibly southern Canada. Then he added that other countries will be on the list soon. Once we can get the necessary permits.
The uselessness of Khamenei’s national internet
It is estimated that 3 billion people, or about 40% of the world’s population, are denied access to the Internet. Of the current 4.5 billion subscribers, many do not have access to high-speed, cheap, high-quality Internet. That is why the news of the arrival of Starlink satellite internet has given many users hope. However, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his officials are terrified of the outcome of this advanced humanitarian project.
Continuing to express this fear, Abolhassan Firoozabadi, the secretary of the Virtual Supreme Council, whose job is to censor and deprive Iranian people of global communication systems, announced the uselessness of parallel government systems. He announced the formation of a working group to deal with satellite Internet.
Firoozabadi said on Sunday, February 14, that with the advent of satellite internet, “the entire national information network may be endangered.”
Government’s cyberspace domination will end
Unable to allay his fears that the Internet would break free of Khamenei’s monopoly, he said that measures should be taken to ensure that “cyberspace governance” is not compromised by the introduction of this technology. Firoozabadi, who is aware of the government’s multi-year investment in launching a national information network to deprive the Iranian people of the World Wide Web, said: One way to face the satellite Internet network is to develop the country’s fixed network. He warned that with this lack of development, “we see the security of the country’s cyberspace in danger.”
Some experts believe that if satellite Internet projects such as SpaceX, are completed, the world of communications will change. People around the world will be able to access the Internet without filtering.
Iran is the worst country in internet freedom
Khamenei’s officials are trying to crack down on satellite internet, while Freedom House stressed in its latest annual report on October 14: “Iran is one of the worst countries with the least internet freedom.”
Firoozabadi continued: “The Islamic Republic is facing the issue that satellite systems are coming and with its arrival, it is possible that the entire national information network will be questioned at once.”
The Iranian theocracy in the shadow of Internet censorship has deprived the Iranian people of many Internet facilities. Many social networks and media such as Twitter, Telegram and Facebook are filtered in Iran. The authorities have adjusted the bandwidth so that people could not easily access the information. The main fear of government officials is that the voice of the opposition will easily reach the people.
In November 2019, during the suppression of the popular uprising, Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani’s government launched a bloodbath in Iran with the complete cessation of the Internet. More than 1,500 people were shot in the street, and more than 12,000 were arrested.
If the satellite Internet disrupts this process of ideological and political repression of the government, there is no doubt that Khamenei should be even more terrified, Iran observers say. In any case, the dark era of this tyranny is over. From now on it is the age of light and brightness.