U.S. seeks greater internet access for Iranians
March 20th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

U.S. seeks greater internet access for Iranians

President Barack Obama says he is trying to lift the "electronic curtain" imposed by Iran's leadership by issuing new guidelines to allow American companies involved in Internet services to offer their products to Iranians.

Obama said the government restrictions have gotten more severe "in recent weeks."

"Increasingly, the Iranian people are denied the basic freedom to access the information that they want," the president says in a White House video released Tuesday in celebration of the holiday of Nowruz, Iran's new year.  "Instead, the Iranian government jams satellite signals to shut down television and radio broadcasts. It censors the Internet to control what the Iranian people can see and say.

Read the entire story on CNN's Security Clearance blog.


Topics: Iran • Middle East • President Obama

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Lefty

    More rhetoric, the people in power there won't be swayed at all. A few US companies will make a few bucks but that's about it.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • JDinTexas

      Ideas change the world. The free flow of ideas created this country. You don't know what you are talking about.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Howard

    I GUESS OBAMA WANTS THE IRANIAN PEOPLE TO USE THE INTERNET, TO CONTRIBUTE TO HIS CAMPAIGN.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  3. Howard

    LINCOLN UNITED A DIVIDED COUNTRY ... AND, OBAMA HAS DIVIDED A UNITED COUNTRY !!!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • BLKMANnAmerica

      Really............................so this country was NOT divided then before President Obama? How stupid are you, this country has always been extreamly divided (e.g., black v. white; rich v. poor; "have's v. have-not"; the list goes on and on and your statement proves your clearly white.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Sponge-Bob

        Obama DID say he would bring people together didn't he? How would you rate the results?

        March 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • jerry

      yes...a racist to the bone.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        @Jerry...he is not a racist! You and the rest of these mongrels on this blog are the racists! You, Howard, Lefty, joe, and many others on this internet blogosphere are the racists! Everything you say is smothered in racial undertones and even the personal attacks on the President are KKK friendly! I know D***N well had Obama been a white man...none of you would be carrying on like you do! You do it to this man because, first you have never accepted him as YOUR President in the first place; second since he is POTUS, you all decided right along with the rest of the GOP lunatics in DC, like McConnell, Bachmann, and Boehner to make sure he's 'A ONE TERM PRESIDENT! Third, your undermining plot to do it has been to sit up in your dungeons on your computers DAILY, and discredit him by dismissing, demeaning, destroying, denying, distorting, disavowing, diminishing, disqualifying, and denouncing each and everything the man does and has done!! You aren't going to tell me that America has EVER done another President this way! We also didn't have the option of trading off ANY of the others and publicly exclaiming, 'he's not my President'!! Nor would we have!...We are more 'CIVIL' than that, and most of us were actually tought to respect and pray for those who are in authority over us. However, we did just wait and voted again at election time in hopes that we got one that we might agree with the next time!! You biggots have been fighting this man ever since he set foot in the Oval Office, on everything he's done, everything he's attempted to do, everything he plans to do!! If a word gets out front to the speculating media, the propagandists that you racists claim LOVES him so, before he can come out and speak he can get out and speak on his intentions for himself,...you and that same media have already started firestorming, breaking down and picking apart the mission or his intent before he can get it off the ground! Always picking and pulling for the bad..never the good it could result in for the nation! Even in the longrun, it seems like you could have thought SOMETHING was worthwhile!! But NO!! It's always got to be something wrong,...some creative fearmongering and panic is always introduced to the blog by you trolls, who I know have to be on a mission!! Before Obama can open his mouth, you've already laid out all of your potholes, traps, ditches, baricades, quicksand, and nooses, just hoping he gets caught, gets trapped, falls in, sinks or hangs himself!! You harrass the man even personally, about his wife and family. It has to be racism at the root of all of this ill-repuke, combative attitude, because we never had a black man there before, and I don't care how much America was against some of the decisions of ANY of the other white 43, we NEVER disrespected them like you do this man!! He did NOT divide this country, this country was divided when he was born in 1961...and has been divided all the time!! The sap Howard claims Abraham Lincoln brought a divided country together...well he certainly tried, I believe that was his Presidential intent but he never really succeeded or finished his agenda...WHY? Because they KILLED him!! Now does that speak unity?? No I don't think so!! Lincoln coudn't unite the country, because he couldn't change the black hearts and mindsets that thrive in the bodies and psyches of racists. When Obama won the election, the 'supremacy' was so dumbfounded, until it pulled back even further, and started showing up and out! You folks have shown your true colors and prove that to be the truth, everyday!! And when we fight back, or call you out on it, you have the gall to call us the racists!! Flipping the script and even claiming 'reverse racism'! Well I say, if there was no racism in the first place...it couldn't be 'reversed'! It's simply physics: An 'action' causes a 'reaction'. President Obama has tried his level best to ignore this 'cancerous' disease; has tried his best to fly above it,...but you keep on picking, pulling and prodding at him and us, his supporters!! So if you think we will not fight back for him as well as ourselves...you better think again!! Today is not the day!! We were told and some of us were under the impression we were living in a new day, a long time ago! We see how new it really is! Same old cup of TEA, it's just been warmed over!! A NEW DAY is on the HORIZON though!! We have awaken...we have been enlightened...we're not going out like we did before!!

        March 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  4. judy

    inovation is something that the repo establishment knows nothing about . Thats probably because they don't think higher education is important. Thank goodness we have an intellegent president. The internet has proven helpfull in getting messages out to opressed people. Obam 2012

    March 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • jerry

      you are too funny...hahahaha

      March 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  5. jerry

    how is the Iranians going to see this obama diatribe? Oh wait...this is another obama political speech to the obama cool-aid drinkers....another manipulation.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  6. Sunil Tank

    how is the Iranians going to see this obama diatribe?
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    September 4, 2012 at 2:23 am |