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China’s internet service providers are throttling data speeds and slowing internet traffic on mobile phones, according to U.N. estimates, according of a new report from the International Labor Organization.
The U.K.-based International Labor Office said on Wednesday that Chinese internet service provider Huawei, China Telecom, and Tencent are among the “unacceptable” practices that are slowing or outright blocking access to the internet.
A U.W. report released in October estimated that China is throttling internet speeds by more than 50 percent.
China has long been accused of blocking internet access in the name of economic development, but this year, it is accused of slowing down the flow of data and slowing down access to social media to discourage users from using the internet at all.
Huawei and Tenec have both denied any such policy.
In the report, the ILO said that China’s data cap of 2 gigabytes per month is “unreasonable” and “unreasonably burdensome.”
It said that this caps “serve as an important deterrent to internet access.”
The ILO has been monitoring China’s Internet traffic since late 2014, and last month, the group warned that China was slowing down traffic to and from the internet and was “blocking access to many sites” to deter its citizens from using it.
The ILI also said that the “resistance” by internet service companies to provide better internet service in China is creating “a dangerous environment for people.”
The group said that ISPs in China are now required to pay for all traffic in China and pay a fee for all data transfers.
The United States and other nations are concerned about China’s increasingly aggressive anti-piracy efforts.
China also recently passed a law that would require internet service giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon to pay a tax on every data transfer they make to the country.
U.s. companies are concerned that the Chinese government will use this to censor their content and shut down access on social media platforms.