Private companies expanding Wi-Fi hotspots in Scenic City

photo Graduate student Hilary Lyons, left, studies inside the Gunbarrel Road Panera Bread restaurant in this file photo. Real Estate business man Clive deLaporte drinks coffee and checks property listings on the internet, at right.

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A handful of companies are working to blanket Chattanooga with Wi-Fi coverage, which could turn the Scenic City into a hot spot for professionals who'd rather work from a patio than a penthouse.

Comcast is on track to install more than 500 Wi-Fi hot spots in the city this year, AT&T has installed more than 50 new hot spots, and EPB is slowly ramping up its own efforts, officials at those companies say.

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