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This story appears in the August 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

With the number of telecommuters growing, Capitol Hill is finally paying attention. In October 1999, John Edwards, president of the International Telework Association and Council (ITAC), spoke before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, citing a new survey, sponsored by AT&T and ITAC, that found almost half the country's work force could do some tele-working.

According to the survey, 19.6 million teleworkers exist today-up from 8.1 million in 1995. Perhaps that's because telecommut-ing cuts down on traffic and pollution, helps businesses retain employees, and saves employers significant amounts of cash.

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