Elon Musk: Starlink will Seek Exemption from Iranian Sanctions

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, announced on Monday that his business will seek an exemption from Iranian sanctions to provide its Starlink satellite internet service there.

At a time when there were numerous protests in Iran following the murder of a woman in police custody, Musk posted the comment on Twitter. Musk was urged to give the satellite-based internet stations by several users on Twitter.

Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks noted on Monday that internet access had been “near-total” disrupted in the capital of the Kurdish region, which they linked to the demonstrations. Access to social media and other information is severely limited in Iran.

A statement from Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology was not immediately available. Requests for comment from Reuters were not immediately answered by the foreign ministry, the Iranian representation to the UN, or the US Bureau of Industry and Security.

Although Iran is subject to widespread sanctions, Musk did not indicate from which nation Starlink will request waivers.

OneWeb and Amazon.com Inc.’s yet-to-launch Project Kuiper are just two of the competing satellite communications firms SpaceX is fighting to swiftly expand Starlink.

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