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Iranian Users Question Government's Claim About Internet Connectivity

File photo:An Iranian shareholder monitors stock prices on his mobile phone at the Tehran Stock Exchange in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Officials in Iran claim cell phone internet has been reconnected in parts of the country. However, users still complain about internet blackout in most parts of the country.

While ISNA reported Wednesday afternoon that cell phone internet connectivity has been restored in most parts of Tehran Province, users in Tehran complain that most cell phone users are still disconnected from the net although they can see a 3G or 4G sign on their phones.

There is still zero connectivity in the Western part of the Tehran province including Shahryar, Eslamshahr and Malard where clashes between protestors and security forces were fierce during the first week of protests that followed a gas price hike on November 15.

In Tehran, some users say one person might have internet connection on the cell phone while another person next to him may still be disconnected as the government does not treat various cell phone networks equally.

Communication Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi had said earlier that the order for reconnecting the internet must come from the office of the Interior Minister.

Even the lucky cell phone users with some connectivity cannot visit websites or use social networking applications without paying for filter-breakers and VPN (virtual private networks) to circumvent the censorship Iranian government imposes on the internet.