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.

Articles by Donny Jackson
Motorola Solutions offers agencies entry-level package for real-time crime centers
Motorola Solutions announces its Real-Time Crime Center Starter Kit, an offering designed for public-safety entities wanting to develop real-time crime centers but lack the resources to pay for all potential smart-policing technologies at once.
EWA chief says spectrum speculators should avoid 900 MHz LMR frequencies being considered for LTE
Spectrum speculators seeking a big payday should consider frequencies other than the 900 MHz swath that could be transferred from LMR to LTE technologies, because spectrum purchases are not part of the current proposal, according to Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) President and CEO Mark Crosby.
Digital Global Systems adds remote-access capability to solution
Maryland-based startup Digital Global Systems (DGS) enhances its SigBase 1000 solution for identifying and tracking interference sources by making modifications that enable remote access to the data collected from the package.
FirstNet looks to initiate state consultations in July
FirstNet officials plan to begin state consultations in July to determine the best way to deploy the portion of the nationwide broadband network for public safety within a give state or territory, according to a presentation recently given to state points of contact (SPOCs).
Mike Miller, RACOM: Next-gen 911 can be a golden opportunity
Mike Miller, president and CEO of Marshalltown, Iowa-based RACOM Critical Communications, talks with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson about trends he is seeing in the industry, including an increase in next-gen 911 business, the benefits of IP-trained staff and consolidation opportunities for dealers.
Motorola Solutions to exit enterprise space with $3.45 billion sale to Zebra Technologies
(updated at 5:03 p.m. EST) Motorola Solutions announces the sale of its enterprise unit to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion cash, marking Motorola Solutions' exit from the enterprise space. Instead, the company will focus on mission-critical communications for the government and public-safety markets, according to Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown.
Bill D’Agostino resigns as FirstNet general manager 3
FirstNet General Manager Bill D'Agostino resigns from his post just days before his first anniversary at the helm. TJ Kennedy, FirstNet's deputy general manager, assumes the general-manager role while a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for D'Agostino is conducted.
Utilities interested in partnering with FirstNet, even if 900 MHz LTE initiative is successful
Utilities would like to partner with FirstNet to gain access to its 700 MHz broadband spectrum, even if an initiative to transition some 900 MHz LMR spectrum to LTE is successful and provides utilities with priority access in that band, an official with the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) said during a session at IWCE 2014.
Athena Wireless showcases tiny LTE small-cell solution with backhaul
Athena Wireless exhibits its Pixie LTE small cell that includes millimeter-wave backhaul in a package the size of a smoke detector during the IWCE 2014 show in Las Vegas. Pixie now supports operation on the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet.
Mission-critical VoLTE gear could be available in 2018 1
Equipment supporting standardized mission-critical voice over LTE (VoLTE) should be commercially available in 2018, while mission-critical voice solutions outside the standard could be offered in the marketplace years before that, an Alcatel-Lucent official said last week during an IWCE session.
FirstNet board members Dowd, Johnson share visions for broadband system 2
FirstNet board members Jeff Johnson and Charles Dowd express optimism about the organization and offer personal perspectives on many aspects of the proposed nationwide broadband network for public safety during a session at IWCE 2014.
FirstNet names Gwinn as CIO
FirstNet names Jim Gwinn as the organization’s chief information officer (CIO), a role that calls for him to oversee the internal communications and support functions for FirstNet, according FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino.
IWCE panel: Preparation key to states making good opt-in/opt-out decision on FirstNet
It's too early for states and territories to choose whether to opt in to FirstNet or build a public-safety broadband network for itself, but officials for these jurisdictions should be conducting due diligence as quickly as possible, so they will be ready when the opt-in/opt-out decision has to be made, according to an IWCE panel on the subject.
‘We will deliver,’ FirstNet GM tells IWCE audience
FirstNet will plan carefully and be transparent in its efforts to deploy a nationwide broadband system for first responders, and “we will deliver this network for public safety,” FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino said yesterday during the afternoon keynote session at IWCE 2014.
Kenwood USA to unveil dual-mode radios that can operate on P25 and NXDN systems
Kenwood USA is announcing at IWCE 2014 its NX5000 series of dual-mode portable radios that will allow a user to operate on either a P25 network or an NXDN network.

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