Satellite internet in North Korea: past, present, and future
Despite harsh restrictions, top-down trends will likely spread internet access from the elites to ordinary North Koreans
Information freedom activists once pinned their hopes on Elon Musk’s buzzy newcomer Starlink, calling on the fledgling satellite internet provider to include repressive countries in its future coverage. Such dreams for U.S.-sanctioned countries, however, were dashed last week.
North Korea, Cuba, and Iran failed to appear on a new Starlink mailing list for future country updates – Even as China, a country that Musk once said might “blow our satellites up,” did.
But the door to satellite internet for North Korea is far from closed – the DPRK actually has (very limited) satellite internet
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