We don't watch live to air anymore, but we do use the heck out of iPlayer.
When it came around to renewing the license a few months ago, we made the conscious decision to renew it, even though we legally didn't need to (no sat receiver, no aerial).
I know a lot of people will call us stupid for doing so, but I'm also convinced that the BBC will lobby (or whatever they need to do) for changes to the licensing laws once the UK officially is out of the economic danger zone.
I'm not entirely sure where you've got this idea from, but you do realise that the bulk of the BBC's funding comes from the licence fee, and that TVL (the organisation that sends nasty letters through the post if you don't have TV) is part of the BBC, right?
 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_licensing_in_the_Uni...
 - http://www.bbctvlicence.com/
 - http://www.televisionlicence.info/tvl/who