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News number: 9104252889

14:01 | 2012-08-05

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Iran Raps Western Monopoly on Internet

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taqipour blasted the existing monopoly and the instrumental use of the worldwide web by a few western countries.



Addressing a gathering of Iranian university lectures and industrial managers here in Tehran on Sunday, Taqipour said the worldwide web is not a "reliable" network specially in times of crisis.

"Internet should not be in the hands of one or two specific countries," the minister noted, adding that internet is now considered to be a powerful media in economic as well as security and social fields.

The minister pointed to Iran's plan to launch a national internet network, stating that the network will turn threats into opportunities.

Iran's Ministry of Communications and Technology had earlier this year announced that it would launch a national internet in the next few months. The domestic internet, which will work as a kind of intranet, is supposed to be "clean" from "immoral" sites.

Iran's information minister said the country's own internet network will solve problems with costs, security and bandwidth.