For Internet Access, Rural Students Have to Hit the Road

Lance Murphey for The Chronicle

After his family moved to a neighborhood with high-speed Internet, Dakota Bates, a student at the Missouri State U. at West Plains, started inviting classmates over to use his computer.
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Dakota Q. Bates used to spend his hourlong commute to college watching the hills and cattle roll by. Steering a 10-year-old Dodge Ram pickup, the 21-year-old drove four days a week from his home just outside Alton, Mo., to Missouri State University...

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