Iranian Government Denies Plans To Cut Off Internet

Yesterday there were reports that the Iranian government was going to cut off access to the Internet in August and replace it with an Intranet. However it turns out that the Iranian government said that this information was completely a hoax. The denial was made by the ministry of communication and information technology.

“The report is in no way confirmed by the ministry” and is “completely baseless,” said the ministry in a statement. The hoax was caused by a fake interview with Communications Minister Reza Taghipour. The hoax reported that Iran would launch a “clean Internet” which would block Google and Hotmail and replace them with government search and e-mail services.

However the Iranian government is planning to establish a national information network that would be a closed system that would service as an intranet. The plan for that intranet service will be available in early April.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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