|Sen. Patrick Leahy|
"What I want to make sure is that a rural area can compete the same way an urban area can," Leahy said. "It's actually the argument, the debate that went on before I was even born about whether you had rural electricity, rural telephone or not, and if we hadn't done that much of this country would be a wasteland."
Leahy said he hopes Vermont is chosen for one of the pilot programs, reports Bob Kinzel of Vermont Public Radio. “We have demonstrated that businesses are eager to come to Vermont, they like to come into some of our rural areas but need the ability to have phone connections, Internet connection, power and so forth," Leahy said. “This would give us a great step forward if we had this.”