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.

451 Research: Ken Rehbehn discusses benefits of active antennas in LTE networks
Ken Rehbehn, principal mobile analyst at 451 Research, explains the pros and cons of LTE operators deploying active antennas--as well as their applicability in a public-safety broadband network like FirstNet--during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the LTE North America show in Dallas.
Netscout: John English highlights company's network-management, user-experience capabilities for FirstNet
John English, product line manager for NetScout, talks about the company's ability to provide network-management information to an LTE operator like FirstNet, as well as user-experience data to subscribers to ensure that service-level-agreement (SLA) benchmarks are being met. English spoke with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the LTE North America show in Dallas.
AOptix: Amit Khetawat discusses company's high-bandwidth backhaul capabilities to meet public-safety deployable needs
Amit Khetawat, director of products for AOptix Technologies, talks about the ability for his company's wireless backhaul technology--using a combination of free-space optics and millimeter-wave technologies--to deliver at least 2 GB/s backhaul throughput, even in situations that require quick setups times. Khetawat made the comments during a conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the LTE North America show in Dallas.
Panel debates the challenges of providing indoor coverage to public safety
At least one major U.S. wireless carrier is deploying neutral-host DAS to deliver high-bandwidth indoor coverage inside of buildings that can be shared with other carriers, but financial and operational factors prevent the same indoor solutions from being leveraged by public-safety personnel in the same locations.
Pacific DataVision, EWA ask FCC to transform 900 MHz LMR spectrum to broadband use 1
Pacific DataVision (PDV) and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) ask the FCC for permission to pursue a realignment of 900 MHz LMR spectrum that would result in PDV having a contiguous 3x3 MHz swath to support wireless broadband services for enterprise dispatch.
Elgin leverages public, private video assets through Motorola Solutions' real-time intelligence console
The Chicago-area suburb of Elgin is using Motorola Solutions’ real-time intelligence console (RIC) technology to put public and private video surveillance on a single platform that integrates with the computer-aided dispatch mapping software in the 911 center, according to city police officials.
Public-safety groups split on carrier location-accuracy accord for indoor 911 calls from cell phones 2
With FCC officials indicating that they would establish rules regarding location accuracy for indoor 911 calls from cell phones, the four nationwide wireless carriers announce a voluntary agreement with two key public-safety organizations on the topic, although other first-responder groups expressed objections to the deal.
Adams County equips first public-safety vehicle with Band 14 LTE
As ADCOM911 in Adams County, Colo., nears the completed deployment of its public-safety LTE network using 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum leased from FirstNet, the county today announced that it has its first police car operating on the much-anticipated broadband communications system.
Public-safety groups disagree on ‘public-safety entity’ definition, including utility usage of FirstNet 6
Two key public-safety communications organizations—the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Public-Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)—express opposing views on the subject of whether critical-infrastructure entities such as utilities should be considered public-safety entities that could be eligible for priority access to the 700 MHz broadband system being built by FirstNet.
Dali Wireless: Gary Spedaliere highlights features of company's digital DAS solution
Gary Spedaliere, senior director of technical sales for Dali Wireless, describes the features of the company's flexible digital DAS solution during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the recent HetNet Expo in Chicago.
FCC preparing to tackle 911 reliability during November meeting 1
FCC commissioners next month are expected to take actions designed to establish a new regulatory framework that will be designed to help ensure the availability and reliability of 911 service as communications increasingly migrate to IP-based technologies.
City of Dallas uses Airbus DS alerting system to notify public of Ebola issues
City of Dallas officials have used the GeoCast Web alerting solution from Airbus DS Communications to warn residents in areas near those confirmed to have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, according to Joe Ellis, senior management specialist at the Dallas Office of Emergency Management.
Commscope: Bachir Aboujaoude showcases capabilities of new ION-U DAS solution
Bachir Aboujaoude, business development manager for Commscope's distributed coverage and capacity solutions group, describes the features of the new ION-U, which is designed to simplify DAS planning, deployment and optimization. Aboujaoude spoke with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the recent HetNet Expo in Chicago.
LA-RICS helped by 700 MHz narrowband order, set to begin LTE network deployment next week 1
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) welcomes spectrum aid provided in the FCC’s recent 700 MHz narrowband ruling, but more channels are needed for its new P25 system to match the capacity of its existing LMR network, according to LA-RICS Executive Director Patrick Mallon.

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