"Plagued by loose planning and oversight, Sherwood's experience exemplifies the risks and challenges of government-funded Internet projects now running in a handful of Oregon communities.
Sherwood Broadband has been subsidized by $1.55 million in taxpayer money. It has missed revenue projections by nearly one-third while expenses have been more than one-quarter over budget. It serves about two dozen business locations -- nearly half of them outside city limits -- and about 50 wireless users each day. One elected official publicly called it a 'significant money loser.'"