[Jim Heid is a well known computer writer, publishing frequently in Macworld and PC World. He also cohosts Point & Click Radio, a call-in radio show about computers and technology that's also available via the Web.
On the Internet, there are no back roads. If you have an Internet connection in Jackson, Montana (population 38 people, 53 dogs), you can be as much a part of the information age as if you live in Manhattan.
In fact, the Internet directly addresses the unique challenges rural areas have: geographic isolation, small schools and libraries, few stores, and fewer sources of news