One Way To Get Around Iranian Broadband Ban: Ask Your ISP For Higher Speeds

from the they-might-just-give-it-to-you dept

Last week, we mentioned that Iran was banning broadband connections supposedly as part of an effort to keep out the evils of the internet. Iranian ISPs, however, think it may have more to do with the internet infrastructure in the country not being able to handle the higher demands. In the meantime, however, Broadband Reports points us to an article from Iran saying that at least one ISP has decided to ignore the ban. It's not entirely clear from the article, but it sounds like the ISP won't actively advertise the higher speeds, but if a customer asks for them, they'll provide them, saying that there's no way the government can check the speeds they offer on every port. That same ISP CEO says he believes most other ISPs in Iran will do pretty much the same.

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    rstr5105, 31 Oct 2006 @ 5:45am

    This is wonderful

    I think that this is beautiful. I see this as an ISP actually trying to protect its customers (Which it is) and it actually (in an off hand tangent) promotes net neutrality, the battle we're fighting right here in the states.

    Also on the comment about nationalism, it is possible to love a leader but to still want them to do something "better" (quotes because I actually have no right to say what is "better" than Iran's govt.)

    By the simple fact that these young adults are simply accepting and using American goods and the fact that these ISP's are providing Iranians with higher bandwidths shows that the people involved are NOT extremists, or, if they are, they are not the typical extremist who acts first and does no research later. They are assimilating information into a cultural area (the Middle East as a whole) that has traditionally shunned such a practice.

    Just my two pennies.

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