The OSCE is concerned about the US decision to abolish the principle of «network neutrality»

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura in photobiannual. Archival photoThe OSCE is concerned about the US decision to abolish the principle of «network neutrality»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura the image Bank

The OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir deeply concerned by the decision of the US authorities to abolish the principle of «network neutrality» on the Internet.

Previously, the Federal communications Commission (FCC) of the United States voted for the abolition of the ban on prioritization of Internet traffic by providers, known as the principle of «network neutrality».

«The decision (FCC) about the abolition of rules of «net neutrality» is a real blow to the principles of access to information, media freedom and digital rights,» wrote Desir on Twitter.

The previous Obama administration adopted the so-called concept of «network neutrality» in which the providers have no right to demand a surcharge from sites consuming more traffic, or slow down transmission of information to these sites. The cancellation of the decision can hit for such Internet companies as online cinema Netflix (consumes up to 37% of all traffic in North America) and YouTube (18%). The affected companies may try to pass new costs on to the consumers. So, Netflix as of the third quarter of 2017 was 52.7 million subscribers in the US, the monthly fee varies from 7.99 to 13.99 dollars per month.

The attorney General of the state of new York Eric Schneiderman has said that he would lead a lawsuit against the abolition of «network neutrality,» which will bring together several States. According to the public Prosecutor, the decision of the FCC unlawfully and to the detriment of consumers.