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.

FirstNet should consider application needs while designing network, Mutualink official says
Collaboration vendor Mutualink releases a white paper that encourages FirstNet officials to consider what application functionality should be included in various parts of the network—particularly as they relate to deployable systems—to enhance efficiency of the fixed-infrastructure system.
FirstNet board member Dowd cites support in seeking reappointment
FirstNet board member Charles Dowd says he wants to be reappointed to the FirstNet board and is receiving support from at least four organizations as the time nears for appointments to be announced.
CEVO tool from EWA can help dealers find spectrum for customers
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) has developed CEVO (short for “coordination evolution”), free mobile application that lets dealers and others in the industry have a snapshot of available frequencies in the four most important bands on their smartphones.
Internship program helps dealer prepare for personnel future
Paul Lauttamus, president of Lauttamus Communications talks about changes in the company’s practices for hiring and training personnel in light of many members of the LMR technical staff approaching retirement age and a recent commitment to support broadband—as well as LMR—solutions.
FirstNet board approves spectrum-lease agreement with state of Texas
FirstNet board members approve a three-year spectrum-management-lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas, providing some spectral stability to the public-safety LTE network deployed in Harris County, Texas—the first such operational network to be established in the United States.
NetMotion Wireless enhances Mobility, Locality offerings
NetMotion Wireless announces enhancements to its Mobility and Locality software products for enterprises, including a native iOS Mobility application, remote updating of Mobility software, as well as greater administrative controls for Locality, such as greater cloud-based management and the ability to export data into GIS systems.
FCC approves rules requiring all carriers, interconnected messaging providers to enable text-to-911 service
FCC commissioners approve an order requiring all wireless carriers and providers of interconnected over-the-top text messaging services—those using phone numbers to let users send and receive messages—support text-to-911 functionality by the end of the year, if requested by a public-safety answering point (PSAP).
MARCS on schedule for P25 upgrade to be operational in Q1 2015
Work on a statewide P25 deployment in Ohio is progressing as scheduled, which means the system should be operational during the first quarter of next year, according to Darryl Anderson, program manager for Ohio’s Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS).
Sound Off: Steve Elias of BAYCOM talks about RF-IT convergence
Steve Elias, owner of BAYCOM in Green Bay, Wis., shares his ideas about RF and IT convergence in modern communications—as well the impact this trend has had on personnel and training within his company—during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
USMSS considers offering self-insurance option to members
USMSS, the largest association of Motorola Solutions service partners, will research the possibility of establishing a self-insurance group in an effort to help its members lower healthcare-related costs, according to the organization’s executive director.
House Democrats call for investigation of anti-competitive allegations against Motorola Solutions
Three key House Democrats ask U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) John Roth to investigate allegations that Motorola Solutions won multiple contracts for public-safety LMR systems funded with federal grants that were not bid competitively or did not promote interoperability with other vendors.
Voxer intros ‘Walkie Talkie’ push-to-talk mode on smart devices for enterprise use
Multimedia-messaging application company Voxer today announced the availability of “Walkie Talkie” mode for Voxer Business users that is designed to transform smart iOS and Android devices into push-to-talk (PTT) devices for live communications via IP connectivity.
Court rules that federal government owns Fitzgerald e-mails about FirstNet; appeal ‘highly unlikely’ 3
FirstNet-related emails from Paul Fitzgerald—a FirstNet board member and the elected sheriff of Story County, Iowa—that were sent and received from his Story County e-mail account are the property of federal government and cannot be released to the public by the county, according to a federal court ruling.
FirstNet to begin first state-consultation meeting on July 31
FirstNet is scheduled to conduct its first formal in-person, state-consultation meeting regarding a public-safety broadband network when it convenes with representatives from the state of Maryland beginning on July 31.
PSCR panel, attendees tackle controversial local-control aspect of proposed FirstNet LTE system 3
FirstNet officials have promised that its public-safety LTE system will include local control, but first-responder representatives need to do a lot of work to determine how agencies access the broadband network and who will be given priority during times of network congestion, according to panelists and attendees of a PSCR session on the subject.

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