Access in Iran
#444.08?Rank out of 92 countries. Score out of 10.
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More than one-quarter of Iranians (26 percent) use the Internet, primarily in urban areas. Since 2006, the government has banned ISPs from offering fast broadband service to homes. This has limited Iranians’ ability to access multimedia content, such as streaming video. Iran is the only nation in the world to cap household Internet access speeds. The government controls the telecommunication industry, and majority ownership of the Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI) rests with the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s elite security unit. All ISPs access the Internet through TCI, centralizing Iran’s ability to monitor and filter web content. In addition to content controls, Iran has selectively increased restrictions on Internet speeds in advance of protests or elections, limiting what its citizens can see and do online. Since 2005, the government has occasionally discussed the creation of an internal, “halal” Internet that only displays acceptable content. This would involve restricting outside sites and attracting users to Iranian alternatives for email, social networking, and other online activity.