Internet access restored in Egypt

Egypt’s internet access has been restored today, a day after President Hosni Mubarak promised not to run for re-election in September.

Internet access was curtailed in the country as protests mounted over the 30 year reign of Mubarak, who initially refused to step down or hand over power. Last Tuesday he ordered ISPs and SMS providers to cut services, plunging 55 million phone users and 20 million internet users into a digital abyss.

The problem escalated as protests did, with the final ISP connections being severed yesterday. Despite this, many supporters of democracy and freedom in Egypt attempted to help the beleagured people by working on ways to circumvent the ban. Google developed a speech-to-tweet service as one of these methods.

Renesys, which measures and monitors internet usage said: “We confirm that Facebook and Twitter are up and available inside Egypt,” according to the BBC.

The four major Egyptian ISPs are back online, following Mubarak’s promise to step down in September and bring in reforms, and it should only be a matter of days before net access is fully restored in the country.