This CNet interview with Congressman Boucher about his fight to reform the Digital Millenium Copyright Act asks the question: "You represent a rural district in the corner of southwest Virginia near Tennessee. What's turned you into a technology activist?"
To which Boucher replied:
"I see the use of advanced information technology as a way to build a bridge between parts of the nation where development is a priority and economic growth, and job creation is a priority in my district and in the American economic mainstream. It is a fact that businesses get a bargain when they locate in rural areas.
Historically, a lot of businesses simply could not do that, because they had to be physically proximate to their clients and their suppliers and their customers. That is not true with the Internet. Now a company can operate portions of its business just as effectively from the most rural place in the United States as it can from the building next to its corporate headquarters."