While I always try to avoid duplicating messages between forums, this specific message I posted in the BOL forum is also quite valid for the next episode of Real Deal. So...
I don't see the point in metered usage fees at all and they only serve to cause the consumer more headaches and, at the same time, force the consumer into paying unknowing overage charges. Why do I have to begin keeping track of my usage? The point to the Internet is and should be all-you-can-eat rather than capped usage. If you're going to cap something, cap the bandwidth speed, not the usage. Requiring users to keep track of the amount of bits consumed is like trying to keep track of how many minutes you use on a cell phone.
For the companies, this 'usage' model is a gold mine. It's a way to 'trick' you into paying exorbitant fees that you are unaware of until it's too late and you've already consumed it. There is no usage meter on Windows that you can actively keep track of in any useful or consumer-friendly way before you get raked over the coals for overage charges.
Instead, for the hogs, I suggest lowering their individual bandwidth speed dynamically. Once they approach 100Gb per month (or whatever limit is considered too much over a period of time), lower the throughput to 1-2Mbps (or less) instead of 5-10. This has the effect of capping how much you can download at once and, at the same time, prevents overage charges to unknowing consumers.
Once again, this issue has caused a knee jerk reaction to the abuserhogs by the carriers and all the rest of us who play by the rules have to suffer the consequences of the actions of a few people.
For once, I'd like to see companies do the RIGHT thing and set up a program that benefits the users abiding by the rules and punishing only those who do not. Instead, these companies insist on punishing everyone equally to tackle a problem caused by a handful of people.
No, I do not like the idea of metered internet. I'd prefer to see them cap the bandwidth speed, not the number of bits used. Capping the bandwidth speed automatically limits the amount of data you can download over a period of time and prevents the abusers from hogging the bandwidth constantly.