Another clash of culture?
In North America, where the telephone was invented on picturesque Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, the early telephone 'companies' were formed by farmers getting together and erecting telephone lines that terminated on a manual switchboard somewhere in the centre, geographically.
The operator, often a housewife, would connect the calls on her cord board. The whole system was financed by occasional payments whilst the individual calls were 'free'.
Later lines were installed that interconnected individual farmers groups systems together, the use of which was subject to charge.
Elsewhere in the world per call charges were used.
Rarely have 'consumption' charges been used in North America since the InterNet became more ubiquitous. Generous limits were imposed but few hit this jackpot, at first.
Now Europe wants to reintroduce it's metering schema.
Several things aren't too obvious to the casual user. The BBC, for instance, maintains servers in White Plains, New York State to service North America.
Google also owns InterNet pipelines around the world that terminate in many countries for which they pay the freight. Other heavy consumers, such as Facebook, do not, relying on regular carriers.
So before people go bad mouthing the usual suspects, just investigate who the real free-loaders are.