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Elon Musk says nearly 100 Starlinks are active in Iran amid protests and censorship

Elon Musk says nearly 100 Starlinks are active in Iran amid protests and censorship

Elon Musk said Monday that nearly 100 SpaceX Starlink stations are in existence Active in Iranwhich has been subject to intermittent internet outages and social media censorship in recent months during mass protests.

Starlink works by connecting satellites in low Earth orbit to user stations on the ground.

Musk originally said in September that he would seek waivers from sanctions against Iran so that Starlink could operate in the country.

Starlink station, which connects to satellites in low Earth orbit. (Starlink/Fox News)

This step came after protests erupted The death of 22-year-old Mohseh Amini While she was detained by the so-called morality police in Iran.

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Internet connectivity has gone out in the past few months, most recently on December 20 around the city of Sanandaj in the eastern Kurdistan region, according to internet watchdog NetBlocks.

SpaceX launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a payload of 53 Starlink satellites lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, April 21, 2022. (Reuters/Steve Nesios/Reuters Pictures)

Aside from disruptions to internet service, Iran has also imposed severe restrictions on social media and other content across the country.

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SpaceX has sent thousands of Starlink terminals to Ukraine Earlier this year after Russia invaded and throttled the country’s internet service.