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 shares more business-case information during Industry Day event
Partnering with FirstNet is a way for wireless providers to gain access to valuable spectrum assets in less time and with less upfront costs than traditional methods, such as bidding in FCC auctions, FirstNet officials told industry representatives yesterday during an Industry Day event.
Panelists discuss current ransomware attacks, public safety’s need to coordinate cybersecurity efforts
Cyber attacks on public safety are very real, and first-responder organizations need to cooperate to combat efforts to infect their systems and compromise sensitive data on IP-based systems, panelists said during cybersecurity session at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2015 conference.
Hughes: Tony Bardo says satellite no longer 'old, slow and expensive'
Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes Network Systems, explains how the company's Spaceway satellite solution can provide the backhaul needed to support public-safety LTE, such as when deployable systems are leveraged in areas outside of the fixed terrestrial network.
FirstNet plans to release cybersecurity information this fall, Kennedy says
FirstNet officials will provide information about the organization’s cybersecurity strategy this fall, beginning with its Industry Day next week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy said this week during a panel session at the APCO 2015 show.
Cox, Horowitz named as new FirstNet board members
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announces that Neil Cox and Edward Horowitz will serve as new board members for FirstNet—replacing Tim Bryan and Frank Plastina—and that Kevin McGinnis and Annise Parker have been reappointed to the board.
Oceus Networks: James Patterson discusses company's role in New Jersey deployable LTE project
James Patterson, vice president of public and federal solutions for Oceus Networks, details some of the design and engineering challenges associated with the deployable LTE sites—both systems on wheels (SOWs) and cells on wheels (COWs)—being leveraged in the New Jersey public-safety LTE system, which is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30.
Harris: Paul May demonstrates impact of quality-of-service changes on public-safety applications
Paul May, senior product manager at Harris RF Communications, demonstrates how quality-of-service technology and policies can be used to ensure that public-safety applications have the appropriate amount of bandwidth when network capacity is stressed.
Bryan does not seek reappointment to FirstNet board, cites potential perception for conflict of interest
Rural telecom executive Tim Bryan says he did not seek reappointment to the FirstNet board, because he was worried that his full-time job could be perceived as a conflict of interest that might jeopardize the organization’s procurement as it tries to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network.
FCC Chairman Wheeler says Congress should help fund next-gen 911 rollout, mapping and cybersecurity resources 1
Describing the current adoption of next-generation 911 (NG911) as “too slow and too ragged,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday called on Congress to accelerate the process by approving legislation that provides support in the key areas of funding, mapping and cybersecurity.
Harris County to expand public-safety LTE network, other early builders prepare to complete projects 1
Commissioners for Harris County, Texas, have approved $5.8 million in local funds to expand the county’s public-safety LTE network, while several other early-builder entities work to complete their broadband projects by the Sept. 30 deadline for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), representatives said during a panel at the APCO 2015 show.
Motorola Solutions: Tom Quirke discusses enhancements to ASTRO 25, public-safety LTE platforms
Tom Quirke, vice president of global marketing at Motorola Solutions, outlines enhancements included in the latest release of the company's ASTRO 25 and public-safety LTE platforms during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the APCO 2015 show in Washington, D.C.
Harris-Nokia: Tim Romanelli, Dharmesh Tyagi highlight capabilities of new network-in-a-box platform supporting BeOn, other apps
Tim Romanelli, business development manager of RF Communications at Harris, and Dharmesh Tyagi, system architect director for Nokia Networks, discuss the capabilities of the Nokia network-in-a-box solution that supports public-safety applications like Harris BeOn, which enables LTE voice interoperability with P25 networks and a host of other functions.
Mutualink: Joe Boucher demonstrates features of company's collaboration platform within New Jersey public-safety LTE system
Mutualink CTO Joe Boucher explains how his company’s tactical node and collaboration platform will be used in the New Jersey public-safety LTE early-builder project that utilizes deployable communications during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during APCO 2015 in Washington, D.C. The New Jersey project is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 30.
Rockwell Collins announces plans to offer nationwide disaster communications system via HF radio 6
Rockwell Collins announces plans for ARINC UrgentLink, a nationwide high-frequency (HF) radio network that is designed to provide communications between public-safety and critical-infrastructure entities when local terrestrial networks have been destroyed by a man-made or natural disaster.
Harris unveils multiband P25 portable radio with Wi-Fi, LTE capability
Harris announces the XL-200P, a portable multiband P25 radio that supports broadband communications—via a standard Wi-Fi feature and an optional LTE modem—and unprecedented volume levels in a rugged package.

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