Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, announced on Friday that the company’s satellite internet service, Starlink, will be activated in response to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement stating the US was taking steps “to encourage internet freedom and the free flow of information” to Iranians.
The US Treasury Department released instructions on Friday to extend internet services available to Iranians despite US sanctions against the country, amid protests across Iran in response to the death of a 22-year-old woman in detention. The broad license for the Starlink system, which would include transferring hardware into Iran, will not cover Iran, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“That’s something they’d have to write into Treasury for,” a Treasury official said. The ruling comes after widespread outrage over the murder of a man detained for wearing a hijab. The business intends to offer Starlink broadband service, which has previously been delivered to Ukraine in its struggle against Russia’s invasion.