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.

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in Urgent Matters Mar 18, 2015

FirstNet’s role as spectrum licensee critical as states consider opt-out alternative

FirstNet's relationship with opt-out states or territories is explored in a public notice released last week. It includes a lot of legal detail, but....More
in Urgent Matters Mar 10, 2015

FirstNet takes first step toward getting down to business

Does FirstNet have the right to take excess revenue generated in an “opt-out” state to use elsewhere in the nation? The answer promises to have a....More
in Urgent Matters Mar 05, 2015

Arizona outage highlights need for strong network design, monitoring capability in critical communications

When a single conduit housing multiple fiber lines was cut last week, much of northern Arizona was unable to access the Internet, call 911, use....More
in Urgent Matters Feb 24, 2015

Three years after its creation, it is time for FirstNet to begin making key decisions

Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had....More
in Urgent Matters Feb 03, 2015

How many PSAPs do we need? O’Rielly’s challenge could portend a new era for 911 operations

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly last week suggested that a task force consider massive consolidation of the nation's 5,900 public-safety answering....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 27, 2015

FCC wireless 911 location-accuracy rules should demand accountability, long-term improvement

FCC commissioners have a lot to consider as they establish much-needed rules for location accuracy associated with 911 calls. Hopefully, they make....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 15, 2015

PDV’s 900 MHz LMR-to-broadband proposal could be crossroads for critical-infrastructure comms

Utilities and critical-infrastructure entities should embrace the notion of the Pacific DataVision (PDV) offering to provide broadband services to....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 08, 2015

Dramatic changes in LTE landscape bust myths, provide FirstNet with new options

The commercial wireless industry has experienced a remarkable amount of change in recent years with the deployment of LTE and other technologies,....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 23, 2014

Gifts of clarity would be huge for critical communications in 2015

Aside from a bunch of money, most of the best gifts for the critical-communications sector for 2015 involve clarity, so the various stakeholders are....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 18, 2014

It’s a busy time, but 911 practitioners should share their location-accuracy opinions with the FCC

One of the hottest debates in the public-safety industry has revolved around the issue of FCC location-accuracy requirements for 911 calls made with....More
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