Donny Jackson

Urgent Communications

Donny Jackson is editor of Urgent Communications magazine. Before joining UC in 2002, he covered telecommunications for four years as a freelance writer and as news editor for Telephony magazine. Prior to that, he worked for suburban newspapers in the Dallas area, serving as editor-in-chief for the Irving News and the Las Colinas Business News.

Judge schedules oral arguments in FirstNet case for March 3
Oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Rivada Mercury bidding team protesting evaluations in the FirstNet procurement process will be heard next Friday, March 3, a federal judge ruled today.
Cambium Networks bolsters wireless broadband capacity with Elevate access solution
Cambium Networks is receiving positive market reaction from the introduction of ePMP Elevate, a software-based solution that is designed to double capacity of access points operating on unlicensed spectrum, according to company officials.
Boston, BayRICS to court: Please decide FirstNet case, so network construction can begin ASAP
A joint brief from the city of Boston and the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (BayRICS) asks a federal court to decide the protest lawsuit of the FirstNet procurement quickly, so deployment of the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network can begin as soon as possible.
Final written briefs submitted in FirstNet protest case, court to determine next step 1
Officials for the U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T today submitted the final scheduled written briefs in the Rivada Mercury lawsuit protesting its elimination from the FirstNet nationwide procurement in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which will decide whether further input is needed before making a decision in the case.
911 location-accuracy program set for third stage; Z-axis testing expected to begin later this year
Device-based hybrid solutions that utilize Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals appear to be the most promising to help locate people using a cell phone to call 911 from inside buildings within dense urban environments, according to initial results from the 911 Location Technologies Test Bed.
Alabama receives three bids for potential public-safety LTE radio access network
Alabama announces that its request for proposal (RFP) seeking bidders willing to build and maintain a statewide public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN) generated three submissions, making Alabama the second state in the country to receive proposals that could become an alternative to the nationwide FirstNet buildout.
Trial network at Ohio State offers insights about potential benefits of FirstNet system 1
​Two college football games at Ohio State University last fall provided law-enforcement users and a group of vendors an opportunity to assess the benefits—and some of the challenges—associated with a 700 MHz Band 14 LTE network dedicated to public safety in a difficult communications environment.
Motorola Solutions touts financial visibility, does not expect new public-safety LTE revenue in 2017
Motorola Solutions expects to see a healthy land-mobile-radio (LMR) market for the company throughout 2017, but delays in key public-safety LTE initiatives likely will prevent the company from seeing revenue growth associated with that technological trend, Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown said today.
Nokia introduces new wireless router for smart grids, other critical communications
Nokia introduces the 7705 SAR-Hm, an LTE/3G wireless router that is designed to be used with modernizing distribution networks for utilities, as well as smart-cities and public-safety applications.
Potomac Spectrum Partners set to launch balloon-based interoperability systems during first quarter 1
Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP) plans to establish three testbed systems demonstrating its balloon-based radio interoperability offering with wide-area coverage in a western state during the first quarter this year—the same period when company also is slated to launch two commercial deployments,
AT&T expresses optimism about FirstNet prospect, might accelerate deployment with tax reform
Top AT&T executives yesterday noted that the possibility of the carrier winning the nationwide FirstNet award is one of several “potentially very good things” that could happen this year. Another is tax reform that would lead to the telecom giant paying a lower corporate tax rate, allowing the company to invest the money necessary to accelerate the deployment of various initiatives, including the potential FirstNet buildout.
Commerce Secretary nominee Ross expresses support for ‘concept’ of FirstNet
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee members approve President Donald Trump's Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross, who expressed support for the "concept" of FirstNet during his nomination hearing last week.
Kari’s Law 911 legislation reintroduced in Senate, House
Kari’s Law legislation that would require direct dialing for 911 calls made on multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) frequently used by hotels, offices and other enterprises has been reintroduced in the 115th Congress, with bills being introduced again in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate during the past week.
FirstNet officials outline vision for organization’s testing operations in Colorado lab
FirstNet’s new laboratory will conduct testing to ensure that core public-safety devices, network features, capabilities and services will meet the reliability and performance requirements of first responders, although details will not be revealed until the nationwide contractor award is made, according to FirstNet officials.
Intelligence leaders outline challenges associated with responding to foreign cyberthreats during Senate hearing
Addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities should be a priority for the new administration, but the rapidly-changing cyber environment makes it difficult to assess blame for foreign-led cyberthreats and take actions that will deter future attacks, intelligence leaders and senators said today during a committee hearing on the subject.

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