Energy is not finite
"The difference is, the actual kilowatts that go over the hydro companys pipes ARE finite and ARE destroyed once they are used."
ACTUALLY, the "Law of Conservation" says that energy is never destroyed. Converted from one form or another - yes.
Of course, the ISP's discussed here are full of it. It doesn't cost hardly anything for the equipment to run at capacity vs idle. They are already charging based on the usage levels that are present.
I view the Internet as a form of communication. Is the phone company moving toward metered usage or unlimited usage?
We need more competition in these areas to put and end to the silly metered usage ideas.