Manifesto for a Neutral Network

We, the citizens and Internet user companies adhering to this text, declare:

  1. That the Internet is a Neutral Network by design, from its creation to its current implementation, in which information flows freely, without any discrimination based on origin, destination, protocol or content.
  2. That companies, entrepreneurs and Internet users have been able to create services and products on this Neutral Network without the need for authorizations or prior agreements, giving rise to a practically non-existent entry barrier that has allowed the explosion of creativity, innovation and services that defines the current state of the network.
  3. That all Internet users, entrepreneurs and companies have been able to define and offer their services on equal terms, taking the concept of free competition to extremes never known before.
  4. That the Internet is the most important vehicle for free expression, free information and social development available to citizens and companies. Its nature should not be jeopardized under any circumstances.
  5. In order to make this Neutral Network possible, operators must transport data packets in a neutral manner without becoming traffic "customs officers" and without favoring or disadvantaging some content over others.
  6. That traffic management in specific and exceptional situations of network saturation must be carried out in a transparent manner, according to homogeneous criteria of public interest and non-discriminatory and non-commercial.
  7. That such exceptional restriction of traffic by operators cannot become a sustained alternative to network investment.
  8. That this Neutral Network is threatened by operators interested in reaching commercial agreements that privilege or degrade content according to their commercial relationship with the operator.
  9. That some market operators want to "redefine" the Neutral Network to manage it according to their interests, and this claim should be avoided; the definition of the fundamental rules for the functioning of the Internet should be based on the interests of those who use it, not those who provide it.
  10. That the response to this threat to the network cannot be inaction: doing nothing is tantamount to allowing private interests to engage in de facto practices that affect the fundamental freedoms of citizens and the ability of companies to compete on a level playing field.
  11. That it is necessary and urgent to urge the Government to clearly and unequivocally protect the Neutral Network, in order to protect the value of the Internet for the development of a more productive, modern and efficient economy, free from undue interference and meddling. To this end, it is necessary that any motion that is approved should indissolubly link the definition of the Neutral Network in the content of the future law that is being promoted, and not condition its application to issues that have little to do with it.

The Neutral Network is a clear and defined concept in academia, where there is no debate: Citizens and companies have the right to ensure that the data traffic received or generated is not manipulated, distorted, prevented, diverted, prioritized or delayed depending on the type of content, the protocol or application used, the origin or destination of the communication or any other consideration other than their own will. This traffic will be treated as a private communication and may only be spied on, traced, archived or analyzed in its content, as private correspondence that it is in reality..

Europe, and Spain in particular, is in the midst of an economic crisis so important that it will force a radical change in its productive model, and a better use of the creativity of its citizens. The Neutral Network is crucial in preserving an ecosystem that favors competition and innovation for the creation of the countless products and services that remain to be invented and discovered. The ability to work in networks, in a collaborative manner, and in connected markets, will affect all sectors and all companies in our country, making the Internet a key factor in our current and future economic and social development, determining to a large extent the country's level of competitiveness. Hence our deep concern for the preservation of the Neutral Network. That is why we urgently urge the Spanish Government to be proactive in the European context and to legislate clearly and unequivocally in this regard.


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