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 Sep 15, 2016

Congress needs to update the Communications Act—quickly

Technology has changed dramatically during the past 20 years, and Congress needs to pass laws reflecting this new world of communications....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 13, 2016

Don’t be too quick to judge New Hampshire harshly for signing deal with Rivada

Last week, New Hampshire signed an agreement with Rivada Networks to build the RAN in its state, if it decides to opt out of FirstNet. Did the state....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 01, 2016

Body-worn-camera policies provide a glimpse of future technology-related challenges

It is exciting to imagine the possibilities that technologies like drones and the Internet of Things could bring to public safety. However, the....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 23, 2016

Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety

Sue Swenson's reappointment as chairwoman of FirstNet should be viewed as a big win for public safety, based on Swenson's contributions to date and....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 17, 2016

When your hands are full, new technology may let your eyes carry the load

Public-safety personnel in the field want the information that broadband applications can deliver, but they often need to keep their heads up and....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 11, 2016

APCO says what many in public safety believe, calling story about FirstNet ‘inaccurate’ and ‘inflammatory’

Is FirstNet obsolete before being built? APCO certainly doesn't think so....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 26, 2016

RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety

It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 14, 2016

Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning

Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 12, 2016

‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice

Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations....More
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