Is Iran finally about to block outside Internet access?

For the past year or so, there have been tons of media reports surrounding a plan by the Iranian government to cut off access to the rest of the world's Internet and put up their own national net service In April, the Iranian government said that those reports were false and were in fact generated by "the propaganda wing of the West."

Now Reuters is reporting that the government of Iran is in fact going ahead with plans to launch its own internal Internet service. The story says that a government deputy minister made a statement on Sunday, saying, "In recent days, all governmental agencies and offices ... have been connected to the national information network."

Ordinary Iranian residents will gain access to the country's national Internet by March 2013, according to the government official's statement. Iran briefly cut off access to a number of outside Internet services in February, although some citizens were able to access those sites via VPN connections.

In a separate announcement, the Iranian government-run TV network sent out a statement on Sunday saying, "Google and Gmail will be filtered throughout the country until further notice." This move is believed to be related to the YouTube trailer for the film "Innocence of Muslims."

Source: Reuters
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well you don't see Iranian people complaining about it !
Doesn't it mean that Iranian people support their government ? as much as we are worried about Iranian people, it seems to me that they don't give a damn about our support !

mrsmith2012 said,
well you don't see Iranian people complaining about it !
Doesn't it mean that Iranian people support their government ? as much as we are worried about Iranian people, it seems to me that they don't give a damn about our support !

And how do you know? Did you went to Iran and asked about it? Or maybe people are even afraid to speak out. I'm sure you have a very gauge of how Iranians feel about it in your bedroom.

mrsmith2012 said,
well you don't see Iranian people complaining about it !
Doesn't it mean that Iranian people support their government ? as much as we are worried about Iranian people, it seems to me that they don't give a damn about our support !

I don't think they don't care. I think its more that its that its illegal for them to make it known that they care.

mrsmith2012 said,
Doesn't it mean that Iranian people support their government ?

Did you go onto the streets of Teheran and ask?

Good, if a country wants to react to a YouTube video the way they did, people don't deserve the Internet to begin with.

You act as if the Iranian people actually have a choice in the matter and freely elected their government. Not to mention the years of religious propaganda they were spoon fed with. The internet was probably one of the few windows the Iranians had left to come into contact with the free world and ability to form an opinion of their own, and you think they all deserve for that to be taken away from them.

Amazing contribution to the internet mate, keep it up!

.Neo said,
You act as if the Iranian people actually have a choice in the matter and freely elected their government. Not to mention the years of religious propaganda they were spoon fed with. The internet was probably one of the few windows the Iranians had left to come into contact with the free world and ability to form an opinion of their own, and you think they all deserve for that to be taken away from them.

Amazing contribution to the internet mate, keep it up!

Indeed. Iran is due for a revolution, very soon. It is a young population which, I would imagine, has had enough of 30 years of oppressive theocratic rule by beardy men.

Shiranui said,

Indeed. Iran is due for a revolution, very soon. It is a young population which, I would imagine, has had enough of 30 years of oppressive theocratic rule by beardy men.

These "beardly men" were heaviliy supported back in 1980s and are quite supported even now. The good thing for the West is that Iran's demographic transition went into a wet fart (fertility rate in Iran is much less than in the US), which means that Iran will be stuck in it's current powerless state forever.

Crisps said,
Good, if a country wants to react to a YouTube video the way they did, people don't deserve the Internet to begin with.

Talk about ignorance.

.Neo said,
You act as if the Iranian people actually have a choice in the matter and freely elected their government.

Government is from People. People, as a whole, pay for their sins trough their government.

Enron said,
Now whenever I see a brick wall, I think it's missing a Microsoft Surface advertisement.

gawd me too, when I saw the pic that was the first thing that popped into my head... talk about associative advertising