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Sixteen-year-old Ehsan Khezri runs the cyber café for his uncle in Yazd. The Internet began arriving in Iran nearly three years ago. Tehran now plays host to dozens of ISPs and eight Internet cafes. "In the start, I didn¹t know what would happen," said a Tehran Internet café owner. "Nobody tells me why did you do this? I have no permit, because I was the first one, because this is a new business there was no law for it." I found no evidence of censorship: News sites such as CNN, the New York Times and MSNBC were already bookmarked. I dutifully added washingtonpost.com to the favorites. Sam Ghobadi, 21, a partner in Isfahan's Internet café agreed. "There is no censorship -- yet," he says. Ghobadi has combined his Internet café with carpets. "The Internet brings me more business, actually I don't know anything about carpets," he says. "I know computers."







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