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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Apr 21, 2016

Could cybersecurity issues undermine migration efforts to IP-based solutions?

Internet Protocol (IP) has revolutionized the communications industry, enabling significantly greater functionality and lower costs than many would....More
Apr 19, 2016

Here’s the aspect of FirstNet’s independence that should matter most to public-safety agencies, potential offerors

Questions about FirstNet’s status as an “independent authority” have existed since the organization was created four years ago. While the legal....More
Apr 12, 2016

When do people ‘need to know’ about FirstNet? The sooner, the better

As FirstNet continues to make progress toward selecting a contractor, state and local entities could be just a year away from making important short-....More
Apr 07, 2016

Will mission-critical PTT be FirstNet’s ‘killer app’?

With all of the broadband functionality promised by public-safety LTE, could mission-critical push-to-talk—a decidedly narrowband technology—be....More
Apr 05, 2016

Here are some notes about FirstNet that you may not have known before IWCE 2016

Responses to FirstNet's RFP are due on May 13, but there still was plenty of new information shared about the proposed public-safety broadband....More
Mar 31, 2016

IWCE 2016 showcases signs of real convergence, not just hype

The intersection between traditional critical communications and the commercial telecom arena that was on display at IWCE 2016 last week took the....More
Mar 29, 2016

FirstNet deserves kudos for high-profile role since RFP release, including at IWCE 2016

When FirstNet released its RFP in January, some industry observers expected the organization to go silent, in an effort to avoid missteps that might....More
Mar 22, 2016

Governors likely will be missing key FirstNet data point, making opt-out decision even more precarious

By all accounts, states and territories that pursue the FirstNet opt-out alternative will face difficult timelines and logistical challenges. In....More
Feb 25, 2016

Will other states follow New Hampshire’s lead and conduct their own RFPs for public-safety LTE?

The state of New Hampshire announced that it received five bids in response to its request for proposal (RFP) to build a statewide public-safety LTE....More
Feb 18, 2016

Latest attacks underscore need for cybersecurity in next-generation critical communications

During the past week, more examples of hackers compromising high-profile networks have hit the news. These scenarios should serve as a reminder how....More
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