Following the posting of an American-made anti-Islamic movie on YouTube that prompted protest throughout the Arab world, Iran has announced that it plans to block Google and transfer its citizens onto a separate domestic "Internet" network, reports Reuters. Officials claim the move is an attempt to improve cybersecurity, but Iran has a history of blocking access to what it deems to be "offensive" or "criminal" websites.
European countries dominate a new Internet usage ranking released by the United Nations. In an extensive and insightful report, The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All, published by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and freely available for anyone to access, eight of the top 10 nations in the "Percentage of Individuals Using the Internet" ranking are in Europe, headed by Iceland (with 95 percent). Of course, the real point of the ranking and the report in general is to identify the countries that fall below the average of 32 percent and to suggest ways in which those countries might boost their digital capabilities (and illustrate how such a boost can empower their citizens). You can see it right here. (See UN Reports on Global Broadband.)
Everything Everywhere's plans to launch 4G services earlier than its rivals in the U.K. could still be thrown off-course by legal challenges, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required) that cites sources "close to the confidential negotiations" between the various operators concerned. A government-brokered "truce" that prevents such legal action is due to expire next week. (See Europe Set for LTE Laggard Status, Britain's Bloomin' LTE and Europe Set for LTE Laggard Status.)