Sign of the times
Many analysts agreed that the Emirati government appeared more interested in getting some concessions from Research In Motion than in actually shutting off access to BlackBerry data services. The government said the telephone service would not be affected.
“Saying that the restrictions will not kick in until October is a form of saber-rattling,” said Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at the Harvard Law School and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. “The government is saying that as a way to get negotiations going with R.I.M., not to ease the pain of executives who fear they may have their service cut off.”