Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

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Elon Musk, the world’s most effective CEO, has fans who believe in his ability to shake up the world order.

Tesla’s ( TSLA ) chief executive has more than 106.2 million followers on Twitter, one of the platforms where trendsetters and opinion makers meet, often as news breaks and agendas are set.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

Only four have more: the U.S. Former President Barack Obama has 133 million followers and three pop stars: Justin Bieber (114 million), Katy Perry (108.9 million) and Rihanna (106.6 million).

One way Musk has built his followership is, as The Street has widely reported, by not being afraid to consider in on world affairs, especially when connected to the characters he runs: Tesla, a clean-energy-vehicle leader, Neuralink, a medical-tech developer, SpaceX, a rocket tech and service provider, and Boring Co., a construction-services firm.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

And through telecom-service provider Starlink, the world’s richest man (estimated at $268 billion as of Sept. 19 by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index) has become a spokesman for the freedom of millions of people living under totalitarianism.

For those who miss out on the latest technical innovation, a visionary CEO is seen as someone who can help them catch up with the rest of the world.

Starlink is Musk’s SpaceX’s satellite-internet-connection service. This service guarantees secure and separate access to the Internet. Difficult to hack. Service cuts are rare.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

It provides access to the Internet to citizens of poorly served areas through fixed and mobile networks of telecom operators.

Thousands of small satellites in low orbit — mainly 342 miles (550 km) above Earth — will begin the assistance.

Musk and his company have supplied Starlink terminals to volcano-ravaged Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean, bringing Internet entry to isolated and remote villages.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

The Starlink antennas gained popularity after Musk sent them to Ukraine after Russia invaded the country on February 24.

They provide Ukrainians with independent access to the Internet and allow the country to stay in touch with the outside world. This system will be used especially in remote areas as well as areas bombed by Russia.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

Starlink’s influence thwarted Russia’s war-communications plans, causing Russian officials to threaten retaliation. Musk countered by recognizing that Starlink was a tool for peace.

It was in this context that Musk promised the Iranians and Cubans that SpaceX would request a waiver from American authorities so he could provide Starlink in these two embargoed countries.

It all started with a question from a user on Twitter after Musk announced that Starlink is now available on all five mainlands, including Antarctica.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

“I’m sure you won’t answer this Mr. Musk, but is it technically feasible to supply Starlink to the people of Iran? It could be a game changer for destiny,” the user asked.

“Starlink will seek a waiver to Iran sanctions in this regard,” the tech tycoon responded.

Another user asked, “Could you do the same for other countries with dictatorships like Cuba for example? You would save a lot of lives.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

“Okay,” the billionaire responded.

Musk did not say when SpaceX plans to make these propositions for immunities. Nor did he say whether the company would discuss them with Iranian and Cuban officials, who may not be in favor of a technology they can’t handle,But his promise already raises a lot of hopes.

Elon Musk made a major promise to Iranians and Cubans

“Starlink is a hope for the freedom struggle in Latin America, we believe in you, thank you very much for your help,” remarked a human rights activist user who asked about Cuba.

Musk’s promise came amid protests in Iran, especially in the capital Tehran, to rebuke the death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, three days after she was arrested by the morality police.

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