The Register

Broadband connections at speeds of 10 megabits per second could generate $500 billion per year in economic growth, according to Gartner Dataquest. Predictions like this are useful factoids to support lobbying efforts, just as overblown market projections were once de regeur for startups seeking venture funding. In both cases, though, the numbers are meaningless. Broadband isn’t a product that will magically appear and magically be adopted, any more than the Internet was.