BlackBerry CEO John Chen made some unique and bizarre requests when it came to Net Neutrality while releasing a lengthy statement – citing the company’s position on the issue.
Blackberry decided to weigh in on the ‘Net Neutrality’ issue that is getting closer to being ruled on, which could potentially reclassify the Internet service as a Title II service. It has been at the center of the debate now for at least one year, as the public has had more of an opportunity to weigh in on an issue that previously was thought to be a non-issue. The tech space is largely divided on the issue surrounding Net Neutrality. While some believe that making the Internet a level playing field would benefit all users of the Internet, others disagree saying that it would ultimately hamper creativity on the Internet.
Regardless of which side the public finds themselves on, BlackBerry CEO had some interesting remarks when it came to Net Neutrality, and decided to ultimately take his remarks – in that particular blog post – in an entirely different direction. He ultimately touts that he is not in favor of regulating the service or reclassification of the Internet as a Title II service. Interestingly, BlackBerry has a unique position in the battle as they are not an American company but do provide security and software solutions for a lot of top-tier government officials here in the United States.
He is actually been partially criticized for his comments seeming a bit favorable to his company, and less focused on the entire issue as a whole. He also points out that if you’re going to go as far as reclassifying the Internet as a Title II service, then the government would certainly have to take the next step and make everything operating on those lines open, and free. Meaning, mobile tech companies like Apple being required to have an iMessage app on platforms like Android and BlackBerry’s operating system. To many, that seemed like a gross overstatement of what actually needs to happen – and even sounded a little off-topic.
However, his request that regulators should see to it that devices, operating systems, and virtually anything else within the tech space seems bizarre since he does not think the actual service should be regulated at all. That though might just point to the overall confusion surrounding the brand, company, and the existence that is BlackBerry.