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 changes contracting officer for nationwide RFP 1
​FirstNet announces a change in the contracting officer who would execute the deal with a contractor to be selected this year as part of a evaluation process that will begin in earnest after May 31, the deadline for offeror teams to make their proposals to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network.
Florida county realizes benefits of integrated text-to-911 capability
Integrated text-to-911 service has proven to be beneficial to citizen in Collier County, Fla., and has not been a burden to telecommunicators in the local public-safety answering point (PSAP), according to a key county official.
FCC takes step to replace TTY with real-time text (RTT) technology, points to text-to-911 adoption
FCC commissioners today voted to propose rules that recognized real-time text (RTT) technology as a replacement for legacy text-telephone (TTY) device that have been used by hearing- and speech-impaired users for decades. RTT would replace TTY on wireless phone networks beginning in December 2017, and the FCC proceeding will consider a similar transition for IP-based landline networks and broader text-to-911 services.
FirstNet official clarifies evaluation process, public-safety pricing goals
After receiving bids from offerors on May 31, FirstNet evaluators will engage in a lengthy, negotiation-filled process in an effort to forge the best arrangement with its contractor on behalf of public-safety users, a FirstNet official said during a session at IWCE 2016.
FCC nixes TETRA use on 800 MHz, 700 MHz public-safety bands 8
TETRA systems will not be permitted to operate on National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) frequencies in the 800 MHz and 700 MHz bands, according to an FCC order that cites potential interference if TETRA was deployed on these airwaves.
Zetron demonstrates text-to-911, location-services capabilities
Mission-critical control-room solutions provider Zetron demonstrates its ability to support native text-to-911 communications and location services integrated with Tait Communications’ DMR Tier 3 radio system.
RCA: John Facella outlines new website features, previews annual meeting in November
John Facella, a director for the Radio Club of America (RCA), describes some of the new features on the organization’s revamped website and provides a brief preview to the annual meeting in November, which will be conducted in New York City this year.
pdvWireless acquires, swaps 900 MHz spectrum while awaiting FCC ruling on LMR-to-broadband proposal
As the FCC decides whether to rule on its proposal to transition some 900 MHz spectrum from land-mobile-radio (LMR) use to broadband, pdvWireless is buying and swapping airwaves in the band make its desired retuning task easier, according to Morgan O’Brien, the vice chairman for pdvWireless.
IDA unveils vision for LMR-based IoT solution
Land mobile radio (LMR) typically is considered to be a voice-centric technology, but officials at IDA reveal that the company has ambitious plans to leverage LMR in pursuit of the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT)/machine-to-machine (M2M) market, which promises to generate significant amounts of data from myriad sensor technologies.
Vertex Standard: Ozzie Ansari, Mike Petersen discuss company's 60th anniversary, future
Ozzie Ansari (left), president of Vertex Standard dealer Surplus Two Way Radio, and Mike Petersen, director and general manager at Vertex Standard, talk about Vertex Standard's 60th anniversary and the radio manufacturer's outlook for the future.
JPS Interoperability Solutions to launch April 15 with assets of former JPS Communications 3
JPS Interoperability Solutions—a new company established with the acquired assets of the former JPS Communications—plans to open its doors for business on April 15, according to JPS Interoperability Solutions President Don Scott, one of the three founders of JPS Communications.
FirstNet extends due date for RFP bids to May 31
Teams making proposals for the right to build and operate FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network will have an additional 18 days to prepare their bids, as FirstNet extends the request-for-proposal (RFP) deadline to May 31.
Fire-code proposals call for in-building coverage for public safety
Several fire-code proposals designed to support in-building LMR and LTE coverage for public-safety users recently received favorable recommendations in preparation for Fire Code Hearing Committee meeting, which will be conducted April 17-19 in Louisville.
Mutualink, Rave Mobile Safety integrate campus-focused emergency-communications solutions
Mutualink and Rave Mobile Safety announce that they have integrated the Mutualink K12 and Rave Panic Button technologies into a common platform designed primarily to support emergency communications on school campuses, as well for hospitals, governments and other enterprises.
ESChat, Tait and Avtec demonstrate LMR-LTE full-featured interoperability via P25 ISSI, CSSI gateways
Three companies—ESChat, Tait Communications and Avtec—conduct a joint demonstration at IWCE 2016 highlighting the ability to leverage P25 gateway standards to enable full-featured communications between traditional P25 radio systems and an LTE-based push-to-talk (PTT) solution.

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