Intel yesterday shipped WiMAX equipment to San Antonio’s decommissioned Kelly Air Force base, where evacuees from the Hurricane Katrina-affected region are being housed, according to numerous media reports.

With the WiMAX equipment, the base can be linked to the Internet with a high-speed connection. Wi-Fi hotspots are being deployed throughout the former Air Force base, but they require a backhaul link to the Internet to be useful. The WiMAX equipment will provide a 15-mile link to an Internet point of presence.

The FCC yesterday approved an emergency license for the WiMAX link.