Verizon has stated recently that they see a radical change in pricing structure for Internet services down the road, one that may introduce metered bandwidth -- presumably based primarily on how much someone downloads per month. Rather than selling strictly on speed, Verizon mentions they may switch to a point where they are selling "packages of bytes". This statement came along with some apparent disdain for the FCC, which shows Verizon's concern over how the agency is seeking to become involved in monitoring Internet service in the U.S.
While bandwidth caps may seem harsh to those who currently have unrestricted ISPs, the practice is very common around the world. Though it originated amongst ISPs with limited resources available (Satellite and Cellular come to mind), it is spreading to the largest of networks, such as cable and DSL. Even if it's not what people want to hear, it might be a plain truth that all large ISPs may move down the path of metered bandwidth.