Broadband providers do NOT call themselves utilties. They know if they do they can get regulated and thus adding extra taxes and fees to the bottom line and being required to do more. It's stupid for anyone to ask for regulation if you own the company.
The fact is nobody in the United States can just regulate the HSI providers without a problem. The FCC has no power over the Internet and they know it. Congress would have to give them that power to do just that. But then you have to decide what you're going to call it. Cable Internet is known as an Information Service. and DSL was/is a telecommunications service. So how are you going to regulate the two of them? It becomes a problem.
The fact is nobody in the United States can just regulate the HSI providers without a problem.
Metered billing may very well create "a problem". There's a lot of potential for ISPs to charge people for goods not delivered, without any sort of check or balance to ensure accuracy. -- AT&T U-Hearse - RIP Unlimited Internet 1995-2011 Rethink Billable.