when my area first got broadband i remember the cable company trying to outlaw networking. their belief was that we should only connect ONE computer to our high speed connection and for extra machines, we would pay a fee. no part of that made sense to me but at the time i did not have a need to network, thus it didnt effect me. luckily another provider came along and forced the cable company to mend their evil ways. competition is a good thing. heres the thing tho, its really no different than charging you extra if you connect your tv instead of a computer or your game console or your bluray player or anything else thats not traditionally connected in a home. this is what they are doing with tethering. they want you to pay to use your own service you are already paying for. its like double dipping but oddly enough people tolerate it. i jailbroke my phone before they introduced tethering fees but thats not the point. i pay enough "smartphone" fees or whatever they want to call them as is. i do not enjoy being milked nor bent over. surely no one likes being bent over so again, why pay to tether?