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Free downtown wifi in Petaluma moving ahead without Comcast

Petalumans and tourists may soon have free wifi access throughout downtown, a program the city hopes will be attractive to businesses as well.

AdSpots, a private company with offices in Canada and San Francisco, has been working with business owners and city officials to install several hotspots in time for the popular Butter & Egg Days parade on April 27.

The company had been working with Comcast for a year to provide the internet service in Petaluma's downtown core, said Sandra Schulze of AdSpots. But that partnership fell through Thursday, when the cable internet provider withdrew its support.

"We're going to get this done, it's just not going to be done with Comcast," she said of the last-minute hitch.

The company hopes to operate as many as 20 hotspots that would cover most of the downtown area.

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