A Grand Ayatollah in Iran recently said that high-speed broadband access and 3G Internet services are against Sharia and against moral and human standards.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran website reported that Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi condemned the rollout of 3G networks in the country.
“All third generation [3G] and high-speed Internet services, prior to realization of the required conditions for the National Information Network [Iran’s government-controlled and censored Internet which is under development], is against Sharia [and] against moral and human standards,” he is quoted as saying.
According to the pan-Arab daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is facing a political showdown regarding this issue.
Rouhani and Iran’s Minister of Communications Mahmoud Vaezi are planning to grow Iran’s 3G cellular phone network, but this plan is facing criticism from political and religious figures.
Shirazi and a number of parliamentary leaders condemned Vaezi’s plan to offer high-speed Internet services to more users in Iran.