With this issue, the start of the ninth volume of the State of the Internet Report, we are introducing several changes, with several more planned to follow in subsequent issues.
The first notable change is within the regional breakout sections of the report. For the last several years, the report has included a "Geography: Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)" section, surveying a selected set of countries within those regions. Starting this quarter, we've broken that section apart, and the report will now include a "Geography: Europe" section, which includes all 28 member countries of the European Union plus three more non-members that have long been included within the EMEA section. The report will also now include a "Geography: Middle East and Africa (MEA)" section that surveys 13 countries from across that extended region. Given the increasing role the Internet is playing across multiple facets of life in this developing region and the ongoing improvements to both domestic and international Internet connectivity within these countries, we felt it was time to break out connection speeds and broadband adoption rates for Middle East and Africa countries into a distinct section, where surveyed countries can be compared with their local peers.