Republicans Launching Plan to Provide Wireless Communications Abroad

Republicans Launching Plan to Provide Wireless Communications Abroad

( – It’s said that whoever controls information controls the mind. That adage certainly applies to authoritarian states like Iran, Syria, North Korea, and other similarly led countries. Modern autocratic rulers routinely limit access to wireless communication services and the world wide web to ensure the continuance of their regimes. However, a group of Republicans, led by Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), are pushing back on the practice to promote global freedom.

This week, Salazar, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL), and several other House Republicans introduced HR-5123, the American Freedom and Internet Act of 2021. The act would direct the Secretary of the Air Force to develop and implement Operation Starfall, a strategic plan to deliver wireless internet services globally from the stratosphere or higher using satellites, aerostats, and high-altitude balloons.

Implementation of Operation Starfall would occur when rogue regimes shut down access to the internet. It would serve as a means to help protect the health and safety of American citizens abroad and at home, circumstances warranting.

Salazar’s group pointed out that the operation could have provided aid and comfort to Cubans during the recent uprising against the tyranny of more than half a century of oppression by its autocratic leadership.

Operation Starfall could also prove invaluable at home during natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires when telecommunications services and the internet go down.

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