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The High Cost of Internet Access

The City of Sherwood, Oregon has invested $1.55 million in broadband fiberoptic cable, promising internet access for all and a system that would pay for itself. So far, it hasn't quite worked out that way.

"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.'"

Full Story: Sherwood rethinks fiber-optic access for all

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