Re: Virgin Media tried this
Ah, oldschool network admin. Speaking as a sometimes network admin :)
Years ago, I had a cable connection with a "surfboard" brand cable modem. Upon some investigation, said model of modem turned out to have dip switches controlling the speed (or just the upload speed, I'm a little hazy on that). Suffice to say that flipping all the switches to on meant I could go from 60 ping to low teens on my preferred spunkgarbleweewee game.
I was working at the time in a role that meant I was in touch with a fair few of the people supporting ISPs. So that meant that when one of my mates spotted what I'd done (data faster than supposed line cap), looked up my details, and knowing me, phoned me directly.
Since I was paying per Mb, and no-one really cared about volume traffic except from business customers, my official warning was don't pull that shiz between 7am and 7pm and no-one will care.
Very sad to see that cable modem go.
Surely google can just put out their guide to "sensible" use. I mean, if it's less than x% of your allocated pipe, then so what.