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5/12/99:

BELGRADE, MAY 12 - We have reliable information that the US Government ordered shut down of satellite
feeds for Internet customers in Yugoslavia, as a result of NATO air war against this country.
This action might be taken as soon as later tonight or tomorrow (May 12 or 13, 1999).

This is a flagrant violation of commercial contracts with Yugoslav ISPs, as well as an attack on freedom of
the Internet.

A Web site in protest of these actions should be up shortly. We will supply you with the URL. In the
meantime, please be so kind to inform as many people as possible about this tragic event for the Internet
community in Yugoslavia and Europe.

BeoNET
Belgrade, Yugoslavia

BELGRADE, May 13 (AFP) - The United States government has decided to order US Internet providers to cut all links belonging to Yugoslav web suppliers, the independent Beta news agency here quoted a local provider Thursday as saying.
The agency said it was uncertain when the measure would be put into effect, but added, quoting the Beonet provider, that such a move "is against any rules and regulations regarding the use of Internet."
Most Yugoslav providers do not have their own satellite links, but rent space and time from foreign ones.
There are no official estimates of how many of Yugoslavia's 11 million population use internet.
But according to unofficial reports, more than 20,000 accounts have been registered in Belgrade alone in the first month of the NATO bombing campaign.

Since then, e-mail messages have become the most reliable way to contact friends and relatives abroad, but also within the country, since phone lines have often been disrupted.
There was no verification of the report from Washington.
Belgrade Satellite Link Safe
2:00 p.m. 14.May.99.PDT

The Clinton administration has promised not to pull the plug on the Internet in the Yugoslavian war zone.

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