What would the people do with their nodes or clients?
A Bitcoin node hits maybe 100MB a day. Or about the same as a half a dozen Youtube music videos.
Users of Electrum or other lite clients consume a trivial amount of bandwidth.
My question is: What would happen if the internet usage become in charges?
The internet would see that as damage and route around it.
And the rerouting won't be just because of price, but also to protect privacy and prevent censorship.
Wireless technology lets a metropolitan-wide mesh network compete against an ISPs. These can be privately run or community operated. Wireless mesh, with point-to-point links to extend coverage,are allowing these networks to reach over a thousand square miles.
The technology is either here now or approaching production-level status, depending on the features and costs targets.
Just as Bitcoin is a method that disintermediates the banks, the Free Network Foundation and Project Meshnet and Commotion Wireless even are methods that disintermediate the ISPs.