Is Google Adsense allowing Premium Publisher accounts these days ?
I suspect they are accepting more accounts as premium accounts these days. Six months ago I was talking with a Googler and asked what was needed to become a premium publisher. He said 'let me take a look at your account' and then came back and said that I shouldn't worry about becoming a premium publisher. I wasn't even close to qualifying.
Then 2 months ago I got a call from my new account rep. When I asked why I now had an account rep, she said it was because I was a premium publisher. Go figure.