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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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    Shava Nerad, 10 Nov 2006 @ 5:32pm

    Re: satellite options

    The Iranian govt has been systematically seizing satellite dishes and I believe fining people. Dishes are illegal also.

    People are reportedly taking to obscuring their dishes with greenery to avoid aerial searches.

    I understand that most access in Iran is not from the home, but in little local cybercafes where sometimes a half dozen P2 era machines share a 56kb dialup.

    Like China, Iran seems to be capricious about enforcement, which means that you can break the law until they want to shut you down, and then bad things can happen very suddenly.

    Folks such as Reporters without Borders, Global Voices Online, and my group (the Tor Project) are trying to make things easier for folks in Iran to get access to outside information, and to tell their stories online -- safely.

    Shava Nerad
    Executive Director
    Tor Project

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