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.

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.
FCC eliminates 700 MHz narrowbanding mandate, reserves channels for T-Band, air-to-ground comms 1
The FCC issues a report and order eliminating requirements associated with the planned deadline to transition 700 MHz public-safety narrowband systems from 12.5 kHz to 6.25 kHz channels by Dec. 31, 2016, as well as designating some channels in the band for voice communications for current T-Band licensees and other for communications with helicopters and other aircraft.
Motorola Solutions announces new public-safety LTE device, will showcase at IACP
Motorola Solutions announces the LEX L10, a mission-critical LTE handheld device that operates on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet and features the company’s new Public Safety Experience (PSX) user interface.
iBwave: Mekki Bennis demonstrates mobile application to model in-building coverage
Mekki Bennis, sales engineer for iBwave, demonstrates the capabilities of the company's new Mobile Planner, which lets users model Wi-Fi and small-cell coverage for customized in-building system designs on a tablet, at the HetNet Expo in Chicago.
USMSS: Bill Dow outlines plans to study self-insurance group options for membership
Bill Dow, executive director of USMSS--soon to be renamed International Technology Resource Network (ITRN)--outlines the organization's plans to explore a group health-insurance option that can be offered as an option to its dealer membership, which is struggling with rising employee healthcare costs.
Fair warning from Sprint: We can’t buy 800 MHz spectrum we just returned to the FCC
On the surface, it might seem logical to expect that Sprint would be interested in 800 MHz spectrum that recently was made available, but FCC rules associated with rebanding forbid the carrier to hold licenses for frequencies between 851 MHz and 862 MHz.
SafeMobile: Darren Kastner demonstrates solution to bridge two-way radio, Android communications
Darren Kastner, SafeMobile's vice president of sales, demonstrates how the company's radioPad Base Station application lets user control two-way-radio functions via Wi-Fi and he SafeBridge LAN unit during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the EWA/USMSS Wireless Leadership Summit in Denver.
JMA Wireless: Todd Landry highlights company's indoor, outdoor solutions for enterprises, public safety
Todd Landry, corporate vice president of product and market strategy for JMA Wireless, explains how the company's indoor DAS systems and small-cell outdoor solutions provide reliable coverage for both commercial operators and public-safety agencies during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the HetNet Expo in Chicago.
FCC Chairman Wheeler describes multistate 911 outage report as ‘terrifying,’ vows to take action quickly 2
FCC commissioners say they want to take action soon in an effort to prevent 911 outages, such as one in April that resulted in more than 6,000 emergency calls being unanswered in seven states during a six-hour period.
Safer Buildings Coalition: Alan Perdue outlines need to work with industry on public-safety in-building comms
Alan Perdue, executive director of the Safer Buildings Coalition, discusses the importance of working with DAS and small-cell manufacturers on strategies that ensure in-building communications for public safety during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson yesterday at the HetNet Expo in Chicago.
SafeMobile: David Rodriguez highlights features of company's SafeNet, SafeDispatch software applications
SafeMobile's David Rodriguez explains the features of the company's SafeNet web-based fleet-management solution, as well as its client-based SafeDispatch offering during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at last week's EWA/USMSS Wireless Leadership Summit in Denver.
Pacific DataVision: Morgan O'Brien, John Pescatore detail potential 900 MHz transition from LMR to LTE
Morgan O'Brien (left) and John Pescatore of Pacific DataVision (PDV) outline the potential roadmap as the company seeks to transition its 900 MHz enhanced-dispatch offering from LMR to LTE during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the EWA/USMSS Wireless Leadership Summit in Denver.
Pacific DataVision makes pitch for partners at EWA/USMSS Wireless Leadership Summit
Pacific DataVision (PDV) officials outline the company's short-term and long-term plans to provide enhanced enterprise dispatch services while noting the company’s intention to solicit dealers and other industry partners during a presentation at the EWA/USMSS Wireless Leadership Summit.

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