That said, will the final game be restricted to servers authorized by EA? Or can anyone use their own dedicated server? I'm hoping its the latter.
Based on this announcement, I would bet its the former, which is going to be utterly painful for everyone.
Game developers still, AMAZINGLY, haven't learned that having a freely available dedicated server means more people playing your game, because it means you'll have more online support.
This has been proven true of every single major FPS that has made it to the big time. Dice even MADE a few of them. BF2/2142 suffered at launch because of lack of servers (at least in Australia, although luckily they got their shit together and had enough providers that it wasn't a total pain in the ass).
I know they want to control the servers for their global stats thing, but a game that is going to be this popular and huge, not having enough servers at launch is just going to annoy the crap out of users who might not come back if they think they can't get a game.