Google is just as much a competitor to Comcast via Youtube
Since when does Comcast offer a platform for amateurs and small-time professionals to publish their videos? I thought Comcast was for the Disneys, Scrippses, and Discoverys of the media world.
Who pays to upgrade that connection is a business decision
Cogent offered half a year ago to pay the actual costs of the upgrade. The ISPs in question appear to want to extract a markup on top of that.
My statement stands: they did not promise you 24/7 full-rate access to anyplace off their net.
So why don't ISPs accept Netflix's offer to provide a caching server without charge that keeps the most popular traffic on their net?
I make a 'call' from Comcast to Netflix...
And Netflix "calls" you back with the data.
A circuit-switched network such as the PSTN allows sending information in both directions over one "call". A packet-switched network such as the Internet, on the other hand, doesn't see "calls"; it sees "datagrams". Except for last mile customers, each side pays for how many packets it sends. Otherwise, it'd be possible to manipulate billing by doing the equivalent of the difference between PORT and PASV in FTP.
The ISPs are also TV providers and they don't want you to have a good netflix experience.
Then ask about a specific work to which Netflix has the rights and the TV provider division of the ISP does not. "I'm having trouble watching House of Cards at home. It works fine on $different_isp_next_town_over. Might this be a problem with Comcast?"
Every browser in the world allows you to add your own CA
Do you really mean "every browser in the world" that supports TLS or just "every major desktop browser" that supports TLS? I was under the impression that some of the browsers that run on home entertainment hardware lacked UI for adding a certificate. For example, where might I find CA options on, say, "Internet Channel powered by Opera" for the Wii video game console?
Why do I get a serious warning that says my communications are not private when I visit a website with a self-signed SSL certificate, but we get a free pass sending unencrypted information around the internet?
The excuse I've seen trotted out is that a mismatch between the expected security guarantee impled by the URI scheme and the actual security guarantee of a particular connection. The http URI scheme warns the user in advance of a true lack of security, while https with an unknown certificate authority gives the user a false sense of security. StartSSL offers free personal use TLS certificates anyway.
In some ways, it is a substitute. However, many times these are games we aren't going to buy since we can't afford to buy every game out there. [...] These play through videos can be powerful commercials for the games.
People who just flat-out pirate a game, movie, or album have made exactly this same excuse on Slashdot.
You can choose to move states and get different choices
Which court in which case used this as an argument in its opinion to dismiss an antitrust action?
Since when were fibre cables, $20000 optics, Switch ports, and 40-Gigabit port licenses free when the link is turned off?
Not free, but Cogent is willing to pay these costs itself. Verizon and Comcast won't take Cogent's offer; they want to charge Cogent an arguably excessive markup on top of Cogent's costs