SpaceX’s internet service provider Starlink is attempting to be everything, everywhere, all at once. Despite Starlink’s slowing speeds in recent months as its popularity increases, two major new initiatives were announced this week: service in Iran and in U.S. school buses.
Activating Starlink …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 23, 2022
This move comes after the Iran government cut off internet access amid protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini. Amini was a 22-year-old woman detained by Iran’s “morality” police and died in custody days later. The resulting protests led to a government shutdown of the internet, Whatsapp, and Instagram.
Additionally, Starlink is set to provide internet access to school buses stateside. In May, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed using funding for schools and libraries to equip buses with WiFi, according to the New York Post.