So there was never an issue to begin with?
Seems crazy that so much can be charged!
Also: Who decides how much is charged? What if you can't even pay the fee?
The miners decide whether they include a transaction in their block based on the fee. By default, miners ask for a 0.01 BTC fee per KB.
Additionally, bitcoin isn't meant for micropayments.
It was my understanding that it was, in fact, meant for micropayments, especially since 1 BTC exceeds $10 now.