"There's a lot of reasons why this analogy tends to fail. The
most immediate one is that the utility companies have always had
this sort of revenue model. There was never the sort of
all-you-can-eat model that Internet carriers are using today.
Although very early on some Internet providers charged customers
based on a tiered data-usage price model, it quickly became the
norm to charge not for data flow but for the size of the pipe.
Internet carriers can't charge me more for downloading multiple
Linux .iso images, but they can make me pay more if I want to get
those images onto my computer faster.
"That's a simple breakdown of the analogy, but the more subtle
one is this: the power company creates the electricity they send
down the wire to my house, so there's no question about their right
to get paid based on the amount of juice my family uses."