If an uppity Californian State Senator gets her way that may be true. Liz Figueroa has introduced a bill into the California Legislature saying e-mail providers may not evaluate the content of incoming e-mail originating from outside the system without the explicit permission of all outside correspondents. She must be crazy.
Why are people so scared of Gmail? If you want a gigabyte of email space then put up with the ads. If you don't want ads then use a free service. Oh wait, I'm sorry. Those free services have ads too. Random, large, banner ads that have nothing to do with you. And you only get 2, 4 , maybe 6 megabytes of space. If you had only put up with little, usually relevant, ads that Google placed. Too bad.
Do you think Google is just going to offer you a gigabyte of space for nothing? Why would they do that? They're a company trying to make money. They offer a service, a great service. If you don't want to use it then don't, but please don't ruin it for the rest of us.
The best solution to this would be for them to offer the service at a cost for people who don't want the ads. But I'm sure people will bitch about that as well. You just can't please people.