Iran, that country led by resident Middle-Eastern-bad-guy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is getting rid of the Internet and making its own national Intranet. It'll be launched by August.
Iran’s Information and Communications Technology department makes China look like a bunch of liberals in comparison. First, they plan to entirely block out the likes of Google and Yahoo, instead replacing them with government-approved search engines and email databases by May. Then, come the summer, they’ll disconnect the country from the rest of the Internet.
Iranians are encouraged to sign up for the looming Iran Mail, which requires a national ID for registration. They ought to start finding some dependable proxies.