said by rradina:
I'm just not convinced they cannot take their total bytes served (for residential), divide that into their expenses + some profit margin and derive what each byte costs. Now all you have to do is put a meter on everyone and multiply by the per byte cost.
Then there is no guarantee for the ISP to make enough money to pay for their expenses. Bandwidth usage is not predictable and vary widely for each user.
What will happen is those that use their connection more pay for the costs of those that use their connection less which is unfair. Those that use their connection less do not pay enough money to the ISP to cover the expenses. It makes no sense to charge by the byte.
Should auto manufactures just charge yearly fees to use cars based on mileage so those that use their car less get a car below cost and those that use their car more then pay way more than the cost???? Is that fair?
If your goal is to pay expenses and be profitable, then why not just skip the BS and charged a fixed rate so you are guaranteed to pay your expenses and to profit?