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Banning the future

October 18, 2006

Iran’s Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle political dissent, combat the influence of western culture and generally move the country as far back in time as possible.

According to the Guardian, Iranian Internet service providers have been told to restrict online speeds to 128 kilobytes a second and been forbidden from offering fast broadband packages. This does not only make it harder for the country’s 5 million internet users to download the western music and movies the religous fanatics in the government hate so much, but will also make it way harder for the political opposition to communicate via the Internet. This is probably just fine by the Iranian government, but has no one told them that this also means their country is stuck on the lowest rung of the technological ladder? Or that developing nuclear energy and a-bombs while banning any Internet technology newer than 15 years is not only ridiculous, idiotic and inconsequent beyond belief, but bears all the marks of insanity as well?

Well, yes, somebody has told them. Quite a lot of people, actually. According to the Guardian, the digital speed bump has drawn condemnation from Iranian MPs, internet service companies and academics alike.

– Every country in the world is moving towards modernisation and a major element of this is high-speed internet access, said Ramazan-ali Sedeghzadeh, chairman of the parliamentary telecommunications committee.

– The country needs it for development and access to contemporary science.

Unfortunately, the Iranian regime has no time to listen to the sane voices in their own parliament. They are way to busy banning the future.

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