Gee. Google forever... need to look at the past stuff.
1) Yes, Using Earthlink as a paid partner is a good move for Google, as Earthlink has its own interests in wiring.
2) Remember previous posts: Like Here and HERE and HERE
a) Google Dark Fiber network
b) Google DataCenter in a truck (DPC-Truck)
c) Google TV-Ads.
See. previous entries at :
(quote myself again!)