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SpaceX founder Elon Musk appeared Friday to confirm that he will make Starlink available in Iran.
Musk replied “Activating Starlink…” to Secretary of State Antony Blinken who tweeted that the US government had taken action to increase internet freedom for Iranians.
The Ministry of Finance announced on Friday that it has issued a general license that will “authorize technology companies to provide the Iranian people with more options for secure, remote platforms and services”. The Iranian government on Wednesday cut off internet access to many of its citizens amid widespread protests over the death of a 22-year-old woman who had been taken into custody, the ministry said.
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Protests in Iran broke out over the weekend after Mahsa Amini died after being detained by Iran’s vice squad. She died a few days after falling into a coma while being held on charges of violating a law regarding hijabs.
This photo illustration shows a Starlink logo of a satellite internet constellation being built by SpaceX on a smartphone and computer screen. (Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/Sipa USA/Reuters Photos)
Lawmakers, led by representatives Claudia Tenney of New York and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, reportedly urged the Treasury Department earlier this week to grant approval if SpaceX were to seek permission to use its satellite-based Starlink internet service in Iran available.
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The bipartisan letter came after Musk tweeted Monday that SpaceX would seek exemption from sanctions against the country.
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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SpaceX has deployed Starlink in the past in emergencies, such as in Ukraine after Russia was invaded and in the South Pacific islands of Tonga after a volcanic eruption.
FOX Business contacted SpaceX for comment.