Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Speed Limits on the Information Superhighway

Don't most people want connections to the Internet to be faster, and not slower? Well, not in the Islamic Republic of Iran, if the government has anything to say about it, which, well, of course they have a lot to say about it, since they set the rules of Internet access, and just about everything else in Iran.

TEHRAN - Iran's internet service providers (ISPs) have started reducing the speed of Internet access to homes and cafes based on new government-imposed limits, a move critics said appeared to be part of a clampdown on the media.

An official said last week that ISPs were now "forbidden" by the elecommunications Ministry from providing Internet connections faster than 128 kilobytes per second (KBps), the official IRNA news agency reported. He did not give a reason.

Wouldn't want people surfing too fast, would you?

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