reply to Kearnstd
Re: WOW! Just another Google Beta pgm - no support; walk away Along those lines, Google may have done this specifically to have a bit of "history" when they do battle with ISPs that want to above-and-beyond-what-both-ends-pay, charge them for the use of their pipes. They can point to their experience with running FTTH and hopefully be the voice of reason when it comes to government lobbying.
I still recall Ed Whitacre's rant about the Googles of the world using his pipes and wanting a bigger piece of that action or else. It seems so similar to the organized crime payments mom and pop small businesses would make to the local Carlos, Joey, Vito or Tony that "protected" them from accidental fires.