Yep. Running servers is against Verizon's residential ToS. Regardless of how much BW the guy is using, he's breaking the rules.
You know they charge you if you don't do paperless billing, right? It's something like $3 or $4/month.
You still cannot pay anyone you want for transmission or transition, as there is only one set of plant available to you for use. The generation part may be somewhat competitive and unregulated, but this is also typically the smallest part of the bill.
I pay 4.6c/kWh for generation, 6.0c for transmission, and 5c for transition.
You cannot typically set up rain collectors unless you purchase the runoff rights to your property. Otherwise you are stealing water. (depends on your state, but I am not aware of any Fee-Simple states that include runoff rights by default.
Many places with Gas also prohibit LP tanks for safety reasons. I've lived in several such cities where the rollout of NG was accompanied by a legal prohibition on in-home oil and LP storage.
Point is, your choices in terms of "utilities" are generally limited by statute in one way or another, in exchange for government protection against price gouging.
Cell phones are not a "utility."
Your power company has a legal monopoly over you. So does your water company, and your sewer company. You cannot vote with your wallet. That's why they are regulated.
With cell phones and Internet, you CAN vote with your wallet, because there is free competition.
You agreed to the ETF when you signed your contract. It was not foisted upon you against your will. Neither was your choice of carrier made mandatory to you.
That's the difference.
It all started when gas prices shot up and the "fuel surcharge" hit UPS and Fedex customers in the wallet. Now this.
There is also no glory in PRETENDING to wipe out millions of innocent civilians with nuclear weapons.
What does this little rant have to do with the fact that Australia's violent crime rate has skyrocketed since your government made it illegal to defend yourselves against those who would want to harm you?
The way it's been this year, you'd think GOES-13 failed a long time ago.
In soviet Russia, translator errors YOU!