The chief executive of BlackBerry has claimed that Apple should be forced to make apps for BlackBerry users under net neutrality laws currently being debated in the US.
John Chen said in a blog post that the likes of Apple and Netflix not making services available on rival platforms is against "openness and neutrality".
“Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple’s iMessage messaging service,” he wrote.
“Netflix, which has forcefully advocated carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them.
"Many other applications providers similarly offer service only to iPhone and Android users.”
Chen claims that this creates a “two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem” which unfairly favours iPhone and Android users by giving them access to more content than other platforms.
Chen said this is no different from discussions at the carrier level for net neutrality.
“Neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet,” he said.
“All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer’s mobile operating system.”
Chen wants policy makers to factor in not just carriers but all firms involved in the internet ecosystem to create a level playing field.
"If we are truly to have an open internet, policymakers should demand openness not just at the traffic/transport layer, but at the content/applications layer," he said.
"Banning carriers from discriminating, but allowing content and applications providers to continue doing so, will solve nothing."
His comments have been sent to several US senators, and come amid intense debate in the US about net neutrality.
President Obama recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the internet as a utility to preserve its openness.
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