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Embargo May Also Cut Off Yugoslavian ISPs

Yugoslavian ISP Beonet is protesting U.S. government plans to shut down its services by ordering New York-based satellite company Loral Orion to comply with an embargo to the country.

According to a Freedom Forum Online report, the company is in discussions with the U.S. Treasury Department over interpretation of the executive command. The company is said to transmit for two of Yugoslavia's major local ISPs.

Beonet's protest Web site claims that their service is acting as "the most reliable way" for people to contact relatives and friends abroad during the air strikes.

The site claims, according to unofficial reports, that more than 20,000 accounts have been registered since the bombing began.

Writers on the site claim that they "don't know how they are going to survive" without the Internet acting as their sole connection with the outside world.