Four Small Oklahoma Towns To Get High Speed Internet Access

Saturday, September 16th 2006, 4:40 pm
By: News On 6

GANS, Okla. (AP) -- Four small eastern Oklahoma towns soon will have high-speed Internet access thanks to grants from the US Agriculture Department.

A $531,000 grant to a Sallisaw-based Internet service provider means that Gans, population 208, will have wireless Internet access.

Three other grants totaling $1.25-million went to a Hugo-based cooperative that will bring broadband Internet to Haworth and Smithville in McCurtain County and Rattan in Pushmataha County.

Those three towns have a combined population of a little more than 700.

Brent Kisling, the state director for the US Agriculture Department's Rural Development Agency, says the purpose of the grants is to take high-speed Internet services into new territory.