China surpasses U.S. in Broadband Lines


I wonder why this story makes the front page of news on Google News?

It's not that I don't like the idea of China having a great infrastructure for internet connectivity and the's just that why is this so surprising? We're talking about a county that has 4 times the population than the U.S.

The article goes on to quote a credible broadband information website,
This is a major milestone for China," Oliver Johnson, chief executive of Point Topic, said in a statement. "Launching people into space is spectacular, but having the biggest broadband market down here on earth means a lot more for building a modern, hi-tech economy."
Hmm, this statement seems more like a promotional pitch than anything...but then again who am I to comment.