Unmetered usage develops an environment which puts some sort
of backpressure on the end user, to discourage or prevent the usage
of too much resource.
The journalist may be stupid, but the point has some merit.
To be more precise it would have had merit if Internet
metering was at least remotely technically feasible.
Or are we going to discuss some hot mountain real estate deals
we could get by melting some ice in Antarctic?