Keywords: economic sustainability, social sustainability, critical infrastructures, wireless business, mobile commerce, m-commerce, rural Midwest, United States, USA, rural economy
Sustainable development in the rural US Midwest: the m-commerce solution. The wireless critical infrastructure
Economic and social sustainability represent a major problem in the rural Midwest US. In recent decades local economies lost numerous jobs and many businesses. The quality of life has eroded. The paper analyses the sustainability of the rural economy and identifies a strategy for reversing the downward economic and social spiral. The strategy, suggested by the analysis of responses to a survey administrated to over 900 businesses in rural Midwest, is to make a wireless infrastructure the key element of any plan for future development. Government involvement is essential for the success of this new strategy.