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According to a report in Mobile Magazine, the average cost of maintaining a municipal wireless network is estimated at $150,000 per square mile over five years, based on a survey by Jupiter Research of 83 municipalities who have, or are in the process of installing them. While this may seem cost-prohibitive for larger jurisdictions, in Falls Church’s 2.2 square miles, this would amount to a little over $300,000 over five years, or $60,000 a year. Moreover, according to the magazine, a spokesman for Tropos Networks, which has provided WiFi hardware to several local governments, as well as private and foreign markets, says the Jupiter estimate is double the actual cost. If true, that would bring the cost to Falls Church down to $30,000 a year, while providing a considerable competitive advantage to the City especially in the attraction of small businesses, including home-based ones.