The Ingenious Way Iranians Are Using Satellite TV to Beam in Banned Internet

Toosheh’s software takes advantage of Iran’s strange and contradictory digital infrastructure. The Iranian internet is not only repressed, but due to a lack of infrastructure and purposeful government throttling, slow and expensive—a gigabyte of data costs around $1 in a country where many people make only hundreds of dollars a month. Censorship circumvention tools like VPNs, Tor project, and Psiphon are common, but caught in a cat-and-mouse race with the government’s attempts to block them. Satellite TV, however, has become common in even small villages, with as many as 70 percent of Iranian households owning a satellite dish. It’s even used by the government to beam in state-run channels. – Andy Greenberg, WIRED