Providing high speed Internet connections for local users in Iran is one of the most disputed projects of this country. Hard-liner politicians and activists believe that the current Dial Up connections are enough for citizens to get access to worldwide Web. However, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi has announced country’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology readiness to offer better Internet connections to users.
“Currently, we are in the middle of negotiations with local ISPs to introduce high speed Internet connections to clients. Customers will be able to open websites, which are hosted on Iranian data-centers, by using these connections. We believe this expansion is very helpful for local scholars and students.” Akhavan Behabadi told Pars Herald on Saturday.
He went on to say that the pilot phase of this project is underway in some parts of the country; however, he refused to give more information in this regard. “At this time, we are monitoring the usage rate of clients. The exact time for launching this plan will be announced in the near future.” Behabadi added.
Many Internet users in Iran complain about blocking rate of useful websites, which don’t violate any of Islamic Republic’s defined rules in digital content. “Some problems might be happened during blocking certain websites. By the way, our agents in Filtering Committee are ready to hear clients’ comments on this subject. Our staffers will unblock websites which comply with Iran’s regulations.” Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi concluded.
Iran and China along with Saudi Arabia and Emirates are notorious countries for blocking the access to various websites.