Why is Khamenei So Afraid of Satellite Internet?
Satellite internet is now a reality. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, has now launched the Starlink satellite Internet project and now people are able to access it and use it. He said that access to the Internet will begin in the northern United States and maybe southern Canada with more countries being added soon after.
Khamenei’s national internet a disaster
Up to 3 billion people globally have no access to the Internet. Even the present 4.5 billion subscribers, do not have any access to cheap, high-speed, and high-quality Internet. The Starlink satellite internet raises many hopes for current users. But Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and his officials are afraid of this new development.
Abolhassan Firoozabadi, the secretary of the Virtual Supreme Council, who has been given the job of censoring and therefore denying the Iranian people a global communication system, announced that he would gather together a working group with regards to satellite Internet.
The government’s domination of cyberspace will come to an end
Firoozabadi, who knows all about the government’s multi-year investment in launching a national information network that will deny Iranian people of accessing the World Wide Web, said that the security of the country’s cyberspace is in danger from satellite internet.
Some experts say that SpaceX will allow people to access the Internet without pages being filtered.
Iran one of the worst countries for internet freedom
Freedom House stressed this in its latest annual report which said that “Iran is one of the worst countries with the least internet freedom.”
The Iranian regime has implemented Internet censorship so Iranians have limited access to the wide range of information available on the internet. Even social networks and media like Twitter, Telegram, and Facebook are filtered in Iran. The main fear for government officials is that with freer internet the voice of the opposition will be heard by more Iranians.
The November 2019 popular uprising
When the November 2019 popular uprising took place the Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani’s government launched a bloodbath in Iran and at the time shut down the Internet. This protest led to 1,500 people being shot in the street, with more than 12,000 arrested. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
If satellite Internet prevents the occurrence of ideological and political repression by the government, Khamenei should be feeling even more terrified, Iran observers say. In reality, the tyranny of the current regime may soon be over and a dark future will be replaced by a bright, cheery one.