Funny, I made it through a PHD, my daughter made it through an MD, and my son made it through a DVM without home internet. Libraries are great resources. I'm sorry you feel like your 8th grader couldn't do what we did through advanced degrees.
I am not on pa but if i was i would still need internet and would pay for it if i had too.
My dd is in the 8th grade. a couple of her teacher do not hand out text book. they told all the students to look at the books online, when they do their homework. so yea sometimes you need internet.