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.

Verizon CEO declines to comment on potential FirstNet role
Just days after AT&T formally announced that it has submitted a bid to lead a team seeking to build and operate FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network, Verizon’s CEO declines to comment on the possible role that his company might play in a FirstNet bid.
AT&T officially announces FirstNet bid 1
AT&T announces that it has submitted a bid in response to the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) to build and maintain the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), meaning at least three bidding teams are vying for the 25-year deal with FirstNet.
FCC tech-transition ruling has no impact on utilities’ critical-communications data, UTC official says 1
FCC commissioners voted to streamline the process that incumbent carriers must follow to stop offering voice services on their legacy wireline telephony networks, but the action does not changes the rules associated with retirement of copper-based data services used frequently by utilities, according an official with the Utilities Technology Council (UTC).
Utilities, SMR operators demonstrate early interest in NEXEDGE Gen2 platform from JVCKENWOOD USA
JVCKENWOOD USA has received favorable early reviews for its new NEXEDGE Gen2 offering that delivers significant scalability benefits, particularly from utility companies and specialized-mobile-radio (SMR) operators, according to an official for the company.
FCC votes to open up almost 11 GHz of spectrum to support 5G deployments
FCC commissioners approve rules for wireless operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, spectrum that is expected to be leveraged significantly as 5G technologies are commercialized during the several years.
FCC commissioners call for help from Congress to make next-gen 911 deployments a reality
FCC commissioners testifying before a House subcommittee asked lawmakers for initiatives to accelerate the deployment of next-generation 911 (NG911) nationwide and to prevent the use of 911 funds for other purposes—a practice described as a “scam” and “deceptive advertising” during Tuesday’s hearing.
NetMotion Wireless releases Mobility 11, which can double data throughput
NetMotion Wireless announces the release of Mobility 11, the latest version of the company’s mobile VPN solution that offers up to double the data throughput of its previous version and significantly enhances server scalability, according to a company official.
JVCKENWOOD USA provides its first DMR offerings in the U.S.
Radio manufacturer JVCKENWOOD USA unveiled its first DMR Tier II repeaters in the U.S. earlier this year, and the interest in the products from the enterprise market has met expectations, according to a company official.
UK entity completes investigation, clears Motorola Solutions’ deal for Airwave TETRA system
Motorola Solutions’ purchase of Airwave Solutions and its massive TETRA network was cleared from investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom (UK), which launched the inquiry shortly after Motorola Solution paid more than $1 billion for Airwave.
FirstNet announces new staff positions as organization prepares for post-award challenges
FirstNet takes steps to begin the transition from a startup organization focused on the procurement process to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network to one that is prepared to deliver services to first-responder customers, including the establishment of two new units.
Poth indicates that FirstNet will have final say whether to execute contractor award
An evaluation team is in the process of selecting the best proposal to build the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network, but FirstNet ultimately will decide whether to execute a contract with the selected offeror team, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said during today’s open board meeting.
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.

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