Iran's internal Internet launch postponed until June

Remember when Iran talked about launching its own, state controlled, internal version of the Internet? Well it looks like those plans have been delayed, at least for a few months.

The Payvand.com web site reports that Iran's Minister of Communications Reza Taghipour said that the country's "national Internet" would launch sometime in June. The government had previously said that it would go live in February.

Meanwhile, the government of Iran has reportedly cut off access to the Internet for its citizens yet again. Just a few days after Iran shut down access to web-based email and web sites, the country's residents are reportedly not able to access outside web sites today.

According to Reuters, the disruptions are even worse than what happened earlier in February since its citizens also cannot access web sites with the Secure Sockets Layer protocol. Some Iranians have tried to use VPN connections to gain access to the outside Internet in the past; however, the article quotes an unnamed Iranian technology expert who said of today's blackout, "The situation regarding accessing these websites is even worse than last week because the VPNs are not working."

So far Iran's government has not commented about this latest Internet shutdown. However, some are speculating that the government is cracking down on speech ahead of planned parliamentary elections that are scheduled to happen on March 2.

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I doubt those idiots could manage to cook up anything as remotely functional as the "real" internet in this year.

Arthax said,
I doubt those idiots could manage to cook up anything as remotely functional as the "real" internet in this year.
Their internet is likely to be better than ours if U.S. corporations aren't stopped from destroying ours.

I am glad Iran is creating its own Internet so I will not have to put up with Islamofascist websites, I propose the North Korean model for Iran, the best is to cut the whole country off the Internet.

fastcat said,
I am glad Iran is creating its own Internet so I will not have to put up with Islamofascist websites, I propose the North Korean model for Iran, the best is to cut the whole country off the Internet.

That had better be sarcastic! Otherwise, go rot in a hole somewhere you racist ******!

Minooch said,

That had better be sarcastic! Otherwise, go rot in a hole somewhere you racist ******!

No, YOU go rot in a hole you terrorist ******!

Martin5000 said,

Which is the racist bit?

I am glad Iran is creating its own Internet so I will not have to put up with Islamofascist websites

zikalify said,
In light of western crackdowns on file sharing websites it looks like Iran's Halal network will be more OPEN

Yeah, fight for your right to download other people's content for free, it's your human right!

Every ignorant thing to do with this country is effecting every other country and its citizens...example $5/gallon gas this summer! There is no way I can commute on that and still break even with bills.

sava700 said,
Every ignorant thing to do with this country is effecting every other country and its citizens...example $5/gallon gas this summer! There is no way I can commute on that and still break even with bills.

We should assault them for giving us such big headaches, shouldn't we?

sava700 said,
Every ignorant thing to do with this country is effecting every other country and its citizens...example $5/gallon gas this summer! There is no way I can commute on that and still break even with bills.

So... get a higher paid job - or use public transport - or STFU & stop complaining!

Minooch said,

So... get a higher paid job - or use public transport - or STFU & stop complaining!

That's the kind of attitude that got us here. No, rather than right a wrong or do something about it you'd rather just recommend people follow your inane recommendations or shut up and smile while being bent over by the system. You must be French, eh?

sava700 said,
Every ignorant thing to do with this country is effecting every other country and its citizens...example $5/gallon gas this summer! There is no way I can commute on that and still break even with bills.

Take the bus. oh and btw, it's your elected leaders that are to blame for the gas prices and gas dependance. Blame your ignorance before blaming those who became what they are because of your country's imperialism.

Tim Dawg said,
That's the kind of attitude that got us here. No, rather than right a wrong or do something about it you'd rather just recommend people follow your inane recommendations or shut up and smile while being bent over by the system. You must be French, eh?

Uh, no!

Where I live (no, not France), we pay $5.70 a gallon - I factor that as part of my COST OF LIVING - *IF* I couldn't afford that, I would seek alternatives to driving (Public Transport) or get a higher paid job - I don't go bitch about a country I know nothing about. Why? Because I'm not racist douche!