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July 08, 2005

JUPITERRESEARCH ESTIMATES MUNICIPAL WIRELESS PROJECTS COST

JUPITERRESEARCH ESTIMATES MUNICIPAL WIRELESS PROJECTS COST $150,000 PER SQUARE MILE, SETTING A HIGH BAR FOR BREAKEVEN BEST MET BY PRIVATE-PUBLIC COOPERATION: "The report examines at the character of current projects across the U.S., estimates the associated costs, and identifies the benefit opportunities. 'Because the benefits of municipal wireless networks are inherently difficult to measure, and because it is too early to look at outcomes, examining breakeven thresholds provides the best reference point for decision-makers,' stated Jay Horwitz, Senior Analyst at JupiterResearch. The report estimates that the average cost of building and maintaining a municipal wireless network is $150,000 per square mile over five years. According to the report, roughly 50% of current initiatives will fail to breakeven even if the benefit of the initiative is assumed to be $25 per user per month."

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