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Free wi-fi in Petaluma?

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

Downtown Petaluma could have free wireless internet by the end of the year. The Technology Advisory Committee has announced that it is working with downtown businesses on a “Free Public Wi-Fi Zone,” both for downtown Petaluma and possibly city-wide.

This week, the Petaluma Downtown Association conducted a survey among downtown businesses to see where wireless internet already exists and where would be the best placed to roll out the new wi-fi. Once that is determined, funding would still have to be secured, most likely with help from the private sector, said City Councilmember Mike Harris, who is liaison to the tech commitee. Marie McCusker of the Petaluma Downtown Association added that merchants could help pay for the cost by purchasing promotional spots on the “landing” web page that visitors would first see when they accessed the web via the free connection.

“Having wi-fi in the city will not only put us on the map, it will continue the narrative of Petaluma being a tech-friendly city,” Harris said, adding that he thought wi-fi could help attract businesses to town.

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