Bahrain has been connected to the internet since 1995, and made it readily available to its citizens. The country's domain suffix is '.bh'. A liberal filtering system is used in Bahrain, one which can be easily bypassed.
As of January 2009, Batelco (largest ISP and maintainer of Bahrain Internet Exchange) has started blocking a vastly increased number of sites. The new filtering has had a noticeable impact in internet access speeds for all traffic.
As of 2008, there were about 250,000 internet users in Bahrain, or 34.8% of the population.