We have a model of a better way -- the way we used to do it. The problem is that it takes politicians who are interested in fighting for the public good.
"Corporations" are products of government, and government can (and does, but not as much as it used to) provide rules they have to follow in order to continue to be corporations. Corporations were required to provide a corporate charter that laid out, in part, how the corporation will benefit the public. When a corporation violated the charter, then the charter could be revoked -- which is the corporate equivalent of the death penalty. There was a time when this sort of thing actually happened.
We need to return to that, to remind everyone that corporations are a privilege. We need politicians who have the guts and integrity to be willing to use charter revocation, and we need a public who will back them up.
Huh. I don't have this problem on my rooted devices. I do two things that might be why: I disable all upgrade or other phone home checks that options allow me to, and I use a firewall to prevent anybody from phoning home without my saying so.
I have one Android device that I can't root, and I do get upgrade notices for that one, but they aren't intrusive: I get a single popup, then an icon in just sits in the action bar forever.
How much money something is "worth" is the exact amount that someone else is willing to pay for it. No more and no less.
The fact that we as a society are willing to pay insane amounts of money for jobs that contribute relatively little to improving people's lives, while insanely underpaying those that have a large impact, is seriously depressing.
It's one of the reasons why I have a disdain for professional sports and the upper tiers of the entertainment industry.
Today, more than 99 percent of our customers do not come close to using a terabyte.
In which case, implementing a cap does not bring any significant benefit to Comcast. Unless that benefit is to legitimize the notion of of usage caps at all, so that they can bring the hammer down later.
Indeed they could. The checks-and-balances mechanisms are all still in place, and they actually do work if used. But they have to be used. Technically speaking, Congress is the most powerful of the three bodies, by design.
Personally, I think the problem is that the entire system has been expertly subverted and is being used to enrich and empower a select group of people.
The subversion includes that of the American people. In part, as you aptly point out, because we have been so long tricked into fighting each other over bullshit labels like "conservative" or "liberal" to notice the usurpers.
There is a reason that we've been the most heavily propagandized population in the world following WWII. No tyranny has ever, or can, persist without the consent of the population.
All of these issues are ones that have been faced by internet companies for a long, long time. Yes, they are complex and yes, no perfect solution has been found.
However, there are a number of very good solutions that directly resolve most of the issues you've raised here. Most of them are off-the-shelf, and many of them are available at no cost.
I don't buy the idea that this is too complex to do in a reasonable way and in a reasonable time frame. There are too many examples of others who have managed it with a smaller budget and less manpower than Comcast has. Several of them are even other cable companies.
All signs (even Comcast's own words) point to this not being a problem of logistics or ability. This is a problem of Comcast being a greedy prick.