BlackBerry CEO says customers are being discriminated against through a lack of 'application neutrality'.
CEO of the Canadian company, John Chen, says that the lack of app choice for BlackBerry users is unfair in comparison with those available for users of Android and IOS platforms.
He's calling for new legislation going forward to make app developers include versions for BlackBerry as well as Android and IOS. Chen is also looking for changes to the definition of 'net neutrality' to include 'application neutrality'.
Chen noted that BlackBerry's messenger app (BBM), was available to iPhone users, but other apps from Apple were not made available to all platforms.
He also expressed his anger that Netflix was discriminating against customers by not making their movie streaming service available to BlackBerry users. He said that this dynamic has created a two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem which favours iPhone and Android users.
The comments came to light in a blog post adapted from a recent letter that Chen sent to Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John Thune, the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Fred Upton, and Ranking Committee Members, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr.