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.

Waukesha County: Gary Bell highlights steps to 911 text, NG911 challenges in Wisconsin
Gary Bell, director for the Waukesha County (Wisc.) Communications Center, outlines the steps his public-safety answering point (PSAP) have taken to implement text-to-911 service later this year. Bell also highlights the challenges that Wisconsin faces—most notably funding—to make next-generation 911 a reality throughout the state.
Michigan PSAP realizes benefits from Rave Mobile Safety two-way 911 text solution
Two-way text-messaging functionality from Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911 platform is helping public-safety answering points (PSAPs) address the growing issue of abandoned emergency calls with greater efficiency and effectiveness, according to a Michigan dispatcher.
Airbus DS Communications, NICE announce technology integration, expanded strategic partnership
Airbus DS Communications and NICE announce that the companies are completing integration tests of their 911 solutions—both in the laboratory and in the field—that confirm compatibility in a next-generation 911 environment that supports multimedia communications.
Two members of Congress ask GAO for report on NG911 implementation challenges
Reps. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the “slow and sporadic” implementation of next-generation 911 (NG911) throughout the nation and about the impact that the diversion of state and local 911 fees has had on emergency services.
Governors’ rep to Senate: States want more input into FirstNet plans, opt-out alternative is a ‘false choice’ for most
State and territories want greater input into the FirstNet deployment plans for their jurisdictions, especially because the opt-out alternative is a “false choice” for most states, a representative from the National Governors Association (NGA) testified today during a hearing before a Senate subcommittee.
Fairfax County, Va., upgrading PSAPs to NG911-compliant system from Airbus DS Communications
Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) in Fairfax County, Va., are scheduled to migrate by the end of the year to an Airbus DS Communications VESTA call-handling solution that complies with next-generation-911 (NG911) standards and is designed to promote efficiencies across all five PSAP locations.
pdvWireless announces bid for FirstNet, belief that FCC will release NOI on 900 MHz broadband proposal
Officials for pdvWireless confirm the company’s much-rumored bid to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for FirstNet and express “frustration and disappointment” with the FCC regarding a proceeding centered around a pdvWireless proposal to transform 900 MHz LMR spectrum to broadband use.
South Korea, UK aim for completion of public-safety LTE deployments next year
As FirstNet evaluates bids to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network in the United States, public-safety LTE deployments in South Korea and the United Kingdom (UK) are expected to be completed next year, according to speakers at the Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting conducted by Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR).
Sonim: CEO Bob Plaschke discusses company's partnership with Tait to extend LMR coverage with PTToC solution
Sonim Technologies CEO and President Bob Plaschke talks about his company's recently announced partnership with Tait Communications to provide a push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) solution that leverages broadband connectivity to to augment land-mobile-radio (LMR) coverage.
Ericsson says its Motorola Solutions deal will not prevent participation in FirstNet proposals with others
Ericsson announces that it is working with “multiple organizations” as part of efforts to deploy a nationwide public-safety LTE network for FirstNet, despite questions surrounding its long-term deal with Motorola Solution that is being described as an exclusive arrangement with the public-safety-communications giant.
Swenson says FirstNet received bids, system cannot be 'just any other network' 1
Now that FirstNet has received bids from offeror teams willing to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network, the organization must prepare to be “absolutely excellent” in its service to its first-responder users, FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson said
Rivada Mercury unveils key partners of team pursuing FirstNet contract
While others seeking to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network for FirstNet remain silent, the one publicly confirmed bidder announces that its legal name will be Rivada Mercury and identified several key partners on its offeror team. Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley says that the Rivada Mercury proposal would provide public safety with unprecedented coverage, favorable pricing and would would be attractive enough to states that they would have no incentive to pursue the opt-out alternative.
Public-safety LTE market ‘nascent’ and ‘additive’ to Motorola Solutions, CEO Brown says 1
Motorola Solutions views public-safety LTE as an “additive” market opportunity to the company’s core LMR and network services businesses that are expected to remain as key revenue generators for many years, CEO Greg Brown said during a presentation at the Sanford C. Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference.
FirstNet begins post-bid evaluation process after proposal deadline passes
​FirstNet announces that it will be “moving forward” with its evaluation process after the passage of today’s deadline for proposals from offeror teams willing to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network.
FCC cites public-safety needs, proposes to revamp network-outage reporting process to include IP-based systems
FCC commissioners vote to refine network-outage reports that must be filed to reflect the performance of legacy networks, in addition to exploring the idea that wireless carriers and commercial broadband providers with IP-based systems would be subject to similar requirements in the interest of public safety.

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