Rural Oklahoma has mixed reaction to Internet

Monday, February 23rd 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Balko-AP) -- The Internet is arriving in rural Oklahoma, but not everyone is sure they like it.

Kasey Kelley is administrator of the school complex in the southwest Beaver County town of Balko and worries what the Internet will do to the the rural way of life. He says he sees kids who once played outside now sitting in front of computers chatting, playing games and surfing the Web.

A recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found 52 percent of adults in rural areas now go online. That's compared to about two-thirds in urban and suburban areas who use the Internet.