Wi-Max deployed in New Orleans

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina's destruction of telecom infrastructure in New Orleans, officials are turning to wireless broadband for use by government workers.

Intel, a key backer of WiMax, and Cisco are donating wireless equipment to aid disaster workers. Experts say this could be a good opportunity to replace an antiquated system of copper wires with brand-new technology.

Industry experts contend that the devastation of Hurricane Katrina offers a chance to build the sort of modern network that phone and cable companies have promised for years. Such a network -- whether wireless or fiber-optic -- could deliver movies or medical records at speeds hundreds of times faster than current Internet connections.

Telecom executives and analysts, though, aren't so sure it's the right time or place.

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