One user - using so much bandwidth - for "entertainment" (we are fairly sure) - could be impeding others who use the internet for serious and important work.
The internet is will be just fine with users transferring 180GB of data/month. When this was discussed a year ago, it was said that the marginal cost of a gigabyte of bandwidth (for a ISP) is around a penny, so that 180GB of traffic cost your ISP under $2 to transfer.
In my house we watch streaming video all the time (Netflux/Hulu/YouTube), we download games (usually via Steam), and usually have some radio show being played on Sonos. Our router records the amount of bandwidth we use, and so far in March we've used ~66GB of traffic (just checked my router). So, we're on track to use well over 180GB this month (it'll probably be 250GB - 325GB).
And you know what? All the "serious" and "important" work that needed to proceed on the internet (VPN, programming, email, etc) wasn't affected.
One user - using so much bandwidth - could have wide ranging effects for others "in society at large".
mrvanwinkles, I realize that you're not a technical person, and that you may be trying to help. The thing is from reading your posts here I think you're making a mountain out of a mole hill, and making it sound like streaming a movie over Zune (~9GB) or downloading World of Warcraft (28GB) is destroying society.
Well, you're wrong. In the future this sort of bandwidth will be very normal. Some of us are leaders in this area (some of us are getting most of our content via the 'net already) and some of us are followers (e.g. those who don't have Netflix yet). Modern networking equipment can handle the bandwidth just fine thank-you-very-much. Maybe this person in question should get his own internet account if he is causing bandwidth overage charges for someone else, but "wide ranging effects for others in society at large?" Seriously? What are you smoking?