Elon Musk says he will make Starlink available in Iran

Elon Musk says he will make Starlink available in Iran

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has said he will make Starlink available in Iran.

Musk replied to Starlink to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying the U.S. government had taken action to increase internet freedom for Iranians.

The Treasury Department has issued a general license that will allow technology companies to give Iranian people more options of secure, outside platforms and services. The Iranian government cut off internet access for many of its citizens Wednesday, amid widespread protests over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody.

Last weekend, protests in Iran erupted after Mahsa Amini died of her detainment by Iran's morality police. She died a few days after being taken into a coma while being held on an accusation of violating a law related to hijabs.

The Treasury Department reportedly urged lawmakers to grant approval if SpaceX wants to make its satellite-based StarLink internet service available in Iran, if the satellite-based service is available in Iran, led by Reps. Claudia Tenney of New York and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey.

The bipartisan letter came after Musk tweeted Monday that SpaceX would seek exemptions from sanctions on the country.

SpaceX has deployed Starlink in emergency situations in the past, such as in Ukraine after Russia invaded and in the South Pacific islands of Tonga after a volcanic eruption.

FOX Business reached out to SpaceX for comment.