Donny Jackson

Donny
Jackson
Editor,
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.

Articles
Verizon preemption service ‘available’ to public-safety customers but not necessarily ‘enabled’
Verizon has made preemptive access “available” across its network for public-safety customers and demonstrated that it works during this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade in California, but the preemption functionality is being “enabled” only on a limited basis in other parts of the country, according to a Verizon spokesperson.
Northern Mariana Islands ‘opt-in’ decision gives FirstNet clean sweep of states and territories
Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph DeLeon Guerrero Torres announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, meaning all 56 states and territories in the U.S. have made an “opt-in” decision.
LMR licensing activity in the U.S. reaches record-low levels in 2017, according to FCC database
In both the public-safety and business-industrial sectors, fewer land-mobile-radio (LMR) license applications were approved in 2017 than in any year since the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) database began keeping full-year online records in 2001.
TRN dealer organization to cease operations, prepares to become part of EWA
Technology Resource Network International (TRN) board members have notified members that the dealer organization will cease operations as a separate entities, and representatives will meet this week with Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) officials to form an education-focused market council within EWA.
Public-safety representatives contest recent Verizon claims about its first-responder offerings 5
Recent statements attributed to Verizon in the media that the carrier’s broadband service is the only public-safety-grade LTE network and that its planned public-safety LTE core network may be interoperable with the FirstNet system “suggest things that are simply not there,” according to a presentation to the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC).
American Samoa makes FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement, leaving one territory to make decision
American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, making American Samoa the second Pacific territory to “opt in” to the FirstNet system.
Guam becomes first Pacific territory to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, making Guam the first Pacific territory to “opt in” to the FirstNet system.
‘Opt-in’ decisions give public safety in all states the option of using FirstNet immediately
Public-safety agencies and personnel in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to subscribe to FirstNet broadband services from AT&T after all governors facing the Dec. 28 deadline made “opt-in” decisions to accept the FirstNet deployment for their states and territories.
It’s unanimous: California makes FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decision but expresses reservations 1
Despite expressing some concerns, California Gov. Jerry Brown announces that he accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, meaning all 50 states and three territories facing today’s deadline made an “opt-in” decision for FirstNet.
All eyes on California as Florida makes FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement, New Hampshire reverses ‘opt-out’ plans
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Florida Gov. Rick Scott announce that accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of their states, meaning California is the only state that has not made an “opt-in” announcement by today’s deadline.
New York becomes 47th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making New York the 47th state—not including three territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system by today’s deadline.
Mississippi becomes 46th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Mississippi the 46th state—not including three territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system by today's deadline.
Washington, Oregon, D.C. make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcements
Leaders for Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia announce that they have accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, meaning 45 states and three territories have made “opt-in” announcements just two days before the Dec. 28 deadline.
Governors make a flurry of FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcements on final day before holiday weekend
Governors in four states—Massachusetts, North Dakota, Delaware and Connecticut—accept the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of their states, meaning 43 states and two territories have made FirstNet “opt-in” decisions.
Rivada, Verizon question AT&T/FirstNet actions as ‘opt-in/opt-out’ deadline just a week away 2
With a Dec. 28 deadline to make FirstNet “opt-in/opt-out” decisions less than a week away, Rivada Networks is encouraging governors to pursue the “opt-out” alternative while advocating for a new 90-day decision period, and Verizon has raised questions about AT&T’s motivation for building the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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