Internet Cafes in Iran

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While there are some Iran Internet cafes to be found, using the Internet in Iran can be difficult, as the government upholds the Islamic values from before the 1979 revolution. This directly affects the use of the Internet in public places.

Internet Cafes in Tehran

The best place to find Internet cafes is in the large cities like Tehran. Asrehajar Café Net is in the Sadaf building on Valisar Street. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and offers 5 computers as well as video conferencing, scanning, and printing. Another cafe called Avand Internet Land Café Net can be found on 11th Street. This cafe has 10 computers, all with high-speed connections, and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fajr Internet Hall, located on Fajr St. Motahari Avenue, provides customers with 12 computers and printing facilities. Another good choice for foreign travelers is Pink Cyber Café, which can be found on the 2nd floor of the Tous shopping center. This AOL-friendly café offers high-speed Internet, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tirak Net Café, on Vali Asr Avenue has 10 computers. In addition to providing  Internet access, Tirak Net Café also offers consultations for web design and site planning. Rahe Ayandeh, located opposite the Sassan hospital on Keshavarz Boulevard, has 15 computers and offers free orange juice, tea and coffee.

General Cost of Internet Cafes

The cost of using the Internet at these cafes varies, but it usually around 25,000 rials per hour (3 USD). Some cafes charge per minute, while others have you prepay for a chunk of time. Additional fees apply for use of technology such as printing or scanning.

Government Censorship

It is important to realize that the Internet is highly censored in Iran. As of June 2009, access to YouTube, Orkut, MySpace, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter is strictly banned, as are several other URLs and keywords. When traveling to Iran, you may want to limit your Internet usage to what is absolutely necessary.

The Iranian government limits web use becasue it believes the Internet promotes immoral behavior that goes against Islamic values. Officials want to prohibit people from seeing photos of women who are not properly covered, using computer games, and storing inappropriate photos.

The first Internet cafes in Iran emerges in cities in the year 2000. They were mainly used by tourists and travelers, and only provided dial-up connections. The government did not begin to censor the Internet until around 2003, when the web became concerned that reformists were using the Internet. Since 2009 the government has been developing its own national e-mail system to replace Yahoo and Google as well as a National Internal Network to provide citizens some use of the Internet.

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