Friday, September 09, 2005

WiMax deployed for Gulf Coast reconnect efforts

Via Boing Boing

Xeni writes, "The high-speed wireless networking technology will be deployed at a shelter and various locations throughout the Gulf Coast where Katrina destroyed communications infrastructure:
WiMax will bring the Internet to remote areas where the existing infrastructure has been destroyed or never existed. The network will be used for Internet telephone service and information exchange.

Intel Corp., a major WiMax supporter and maker of chips, shipped equipment Thursday to San Antonio's decommissioned Kelly Air Force Base where thousands of evacuees are being taken. The gear is expected to arrive on Friday.

But those hotspots need to connect to the wider Internet to be most useful — and that's where WiMax comes into play, said Nigel Ballard, a manager Intel's state and local government unit.

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