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I don't think BlackBerry's CEO understands what 'net neutrality' means

I don't think BlackBerry's CEO understands what 'net neutrality' means
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BlackBerry's CEO just made a desperate move to make his company's smartphone's relevant again. In a letter to U.S. Congress, John Chen asked that developers be forced to make apps for all mobile platforms, including BlackBerry, all in the name of net neutrality. There's only one problem: I don't think he knows what net neutrality actually means.

The idea of net neutrality basically means that Internet service providers should treat all website traffic the same, meaning big sites like Amazon or Netflix shouldn't be able to pay for faster connections.

Chen has twisted that logic to apply to his business by saying that his company is being discriminated against by app developers who don't develop apps for BlackBerry. Essentially, he thinks that app developers are creating a "two-tiered" system by not creating apps for all platforms.

As an example, he said, this "discrimination" meant BlackBerry users did not have a version of Apple's iMessage or Netflix's streaming service available to them.

Next page: Find out why his letter is so absurd.
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