IRANIAN TV IS A $2.50/hour, IRAN NEWS IS A 2.25/hour network, and it’s a good thing Iran can still get online.
That’s because as the country has become more and more dependent on the internet, Iran’s government is having to find a way to keep up with its increasingly digital-hungry population.
On Monday, a new Iranian TV service debuted, promising to “take the internet out of the news business.”
“We want to create a new TV platform that is open and democratic and we are also going to create an online platform for Iranians to share news with each other,” said Mohammad Javad Zarif, the country’s President.
The launch of the new online service comes as the Iranian government struggles to compete with online news outlets like Sputnik and Russia Today, which have more than doubled in number since 2011.
But the government isn’t alone in its attempts to make the internet more open and free of censorship.
Earlier this month, President Hassan Rouhani signed an executive order that requires internet providers to let Iranians upload videos and photos on their own sites, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to upload videos directly to Iran’s YouTube and Vimeo sites.
“The government will try to increase access to the internet,” said one Iranian journalist, who requested anonymity to protect his sources.
“But we can’t do it by ourselves.
The government has to control what we can do online.”
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Zarif also said that his government was “considering a number of proposals” to make Iran more open to the outside world.
“We need a new way of communicating with the outside,” he said.
“I have discussed with my government, I have discussed in various discussions with the [foreign] ministers about a way of sharing news and information with the world, and we will make those proposals in the coming days,” Zarif said.
However, Iran is unlikely to be able keep up the pace of its digital growth, especially if it becomes ever more dependent upon the internet.
“As a result, the government is being forced to reduce its budget for digital and online development,” said Naeem Asghar, the Middle East researcher at the Middle Eastern Institute for Strategic Studies.
“There is also no guarantee that it will be able or willing to support this trend.
There will be more restrictions on what is and is not available online.”
And even if it did, it’s not clear how the new service will be funded.
“It’s a relatively unknown service, and the budget is unclear,” said Asghr.
“Iran is very reliant on foreign companies to deliver their services.”
The internet in Iran was a virtual wasteland during the 1980s and 1990s, when Iran was ruled by the shah and the Islamic Republic of Iran was controlled by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.
The country was then under an economic embargo and had only a few reliable Internet providers.
Today, with Iran’s economy booming, the internet has become an important part of daily life for Iranians.
However the country also struggles to keep pace with its rapidly growing population and the rise of social media.
A recent study from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that the Iranian population is expected to reach a whopping 27 million by 2020, with almost half of those people living in cities.
That means that as Iran becomes more reliant on the Internet, it is unlikely that it can keep up.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITA) recently reported that over the past decade, Iran has seen its internet penetration increase from 10% to 16%, with most of that increase coming from urban areas.
As of February, the Iranian internet is one of the most popular websites in Iran.
With this rapid growth in internet users, the number of people with access to information is also increasing.
“Internet users in Iran have surpassed the 20% mark,” said the Iranian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in a statement.
“This is a very exciting development and will bring an unprecedented level of connectivity to the population.”
Iran’s internet access is also growing faster than the rest of the world.
The ITU estimates that in 2011, Iran had 1.5 million users, and in 2014, that number rose to 1.9 million.
The Iranian government is also investing in the internet’s future, with an online education service that will be available to all Iranians starting in the summer.
The plan is for Iran to be one of only six countries where online education will be offered for free by 2020.
But there are still a few hurdles in the way of such an initiative.
Iran has strict internet restrictions that make it difficult for many Iranians to access the internet for any reason.
Iran’s laws also make it a crime to use the internet without permission.
In the past, the IRAN government has made it