she is the speaker for radical mullahs of Tehran
They should have nominated Jimmy Carter.
Interesting thread today.
Iran's gov't accused of ISP monopoly
Jan 2nd, 05
LONDON, Jan 2 (IranMania) - A senior Internet industry official accused the government of trying to monopolize ISP and ICP services, stressing that lack of competition would mean the end of local expertise in information technology (IT) sector.
Alireza Elmi, who heads the Legal Committee of Internet Service Providers as well as the Internet Phone Committee, told ILNA that the government is planning to hold tenders to privatize Internet Cache Protocols (ICPs) and ISPs, but only four companies are allowed to bid.
"At present, there are 200 companies involved in this sector and many Iranian engineers living inside and outside the country have invested in ISPs, which is very valuable," he said, adding that monopolizing ISPs and ICPs would kill the existing scientific potentials.
Elmi said while Iran has pledged at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 that it would work to develop SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) ISPs, the country's officials have done little to this effect.
The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (December 21, 2001) endorsed the holding of the WSIS in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from December 10 to 12, 2003 and the second phase will take place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from November 16 to 18, 2005.
Iran has been unable to develop SME ISPs merely due to security concerns, which affect almost all aspects of political and economic life. "Security concerns has been used time and again as a mechanism to hinder the activities of 200 SME ISPs," he said, adding that Internet phone industry has turned into a lucrative business worldwide which would explain why a monopoly is taking shape in the ISP sector.