I'm looking for insight into the uses of current and emerging technologies to save rural communities from many of the losses they suffer: people leaving for the cities, schools being shut down so that kids can be sent to bigger schools, small businesses being shut down due to competition from big box stores in neighboring communities, separation from other families as farms get bigger, etc. Any thoughts and suggestions appreciated. Right now, I've limited my thought to the uses of cell phones and email (of which limited access is still an issue), but they can only address some of the issues. How does this get on the macrumors forum? Since Mac people are usually forward-thinking people, and since they tend to stay on top of emerging technologies and use them, and since they (you) are usually creative and imaginative, what better place to ask? Thanks in advance, Jim.