I’ve been doing a lot of research into usage-based billing lately. Our of everything I’ve read, this paragraph from an editorial in the Globe and Mail (Usage-based billing. And cooing) is the most important:
In many competitive marketplaces, and in utilities, the commodity price per unit is often well-known. Consumers can know how much wheat costs by the bushel, or electricity by the kilowatt hour. But the actual cost to ISPs of downloading a lot of data is a black box; while large providers on occasion file information in confidence to the CRTC, the public has little ability to assess their claims around whether, say, $1 per gigabyte (equivalent to around an hour of online video) for heavy users is justifiable.