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BlackBerry CEO John Chen is upset some companies aren’t making their apps available on his firm’s devices. And he wants the U.S. government to intervene.

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U.S. lawmakers are once again considering net neutrality proposals. Chen says they don’t go far enough: net neutrality, he claims, should include app neutrality.

Reports Mashable.com:  “Chen puts forward an unorthodox and somewhat perplexing argument that net neutrality doesn’t just mandate that Internet providers shouldn’t prioritize and create a fast and slow lane for Internet traffic. Net neutrality, [he] argues, should also mandate that app developers not prioritize or discriminate against operating systems like, say, BlackBerry’s.”

He singles out Apple and Netflix for shutting out BlackBerry. But “[m]any other applications providers similarly offer service only to iPhone and Android users,” he adds.

Chen’s argument has sparked a social media reaction that appears largely unfavourable.

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