I cannot figure out some words while listening to a clip of a CNN Radio Market Place program.
Could someone please be kind enough to tell me which choice should be filled into the blank of the last paragraph which I wrote down after listening to the above-mentioned audio clip, "afford" or "put" or what else?

Thanks in advance.

Below is the URL of the above-mentioned audio clip of about 2 minute, MP3, 1774KB

In Chicago, John Challenger heading an outplacement firm, preaches the value of telecommuting.
Companies could for very low cost (0'37")_______computers or take advantage of home computers that allow people to start working from home. That's gonna be good for everybody.
Employees reported increased interest in telecommuting following Katrina. Ed McCarthy, CNN.