Possibly a silly question. If the connection between your computer via the modem is showing on [two little monitors]but there is no connection to any website, would the ISP or BT register a connection, and perhaps calculate this as usage!.
Just one of those curious things that I ponder about sometimes.
Thanks guys. My Tiscali package allows me to use a certain amount of capped usage over the account month, if I use in excess then I will be charged for extra 1GB's used. I do dial using modem icon for a connection, hence two monitors in taskbar, then open IE for Tiscali homepage. [Doe's that make sense. Appologies, not thinking straight today!].
You can get a netmeter from click here which will help you keep an eye on your usage.
If I read you post correctly you are saying that you dialup your connection and leave it open but are not surfin you just have a open connection to the net. As has been said if you aren't activly using the connection then it won't eat into your usage allowance.