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.
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.