In a letter supporting Net Neutrality, BlackBerry’s Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, has highlighted the lack of openness and neutrality among app and content providers.
John cites the example of BlackBerry’s own messaging service — BBM — as a platform-agonistic app that can is being enjoyed by millions of iOS and Android users ever since it was released in their respective application stores in 2013. He then gives the example of Apple, whose iMessage app is only available to users of iPhone and iPad. He also highlights how Netflix, a big supporter of carrier and net neutrality, does not offer its streaming movie service to BlackBerry users.
John states that this had led to the creation of a two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem, where iPhone and Android users are able to access far more content compared to BlackBerry users.
This dynamic has created a two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem, in which iPhone and Android users are able to access far more content and applications than customers using devices running other operating systems. These are precisely the sort of discriminatory practices that neutrality advocates have criticized at the carrier level.
John further adds that if we truly want an open and free Internet, app and content neutrality should also be mandated by the government. A company or content provider should deliver the content or data requested by the the user without discriminating on the basis of the operating system used by them.
From his letter, it is quite evident that John is pissed at the lack of apps and services for the company’s mobile platform. However, he fails to realize that bringing an app to a particular platform requires a lot of money and resources, and developers will obviously invest them in Android and iOS,┬áthe two most dominant mobile operating systems in the industry.
[Via BlackBerry blog]