Starlink, the internet service provider operated by SpaceX, is making an effort to simultaneously be everything and everywhere. In spite of the fact that Starlink’s speeds have been decreasing over the past several months as its popularity has increased, two significant new efforts were revealed this week: service in Iran and in school buses across the United States.
The first is that, according to Elon Musk, creator of SpaceX, Starlink will be activated in Iran following the lifting of sanctions by the United States government in order to enable internet access to people in Iran.
This decision was made after the government of Iran cut down access to the internet in the midst of protests that erupted following the killing of Mahsa Amini. Amini, a young woman of 22 years old, was arrested by Iran’s “morality” police and passed away while being held in detention a few days later. As a direct consequence of the protests that ensued, the authorities cut down access to the internet, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
In addition, Starlink plans to make internet connectivity available on school buses throughout the United States. The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Jessica Rosenworcel, reportedly suggested in May that cash intended for schools and libraries be used to equip buses with WiFi. The report was published in the New York Post.