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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Jun 23, 2016

If FirstNet is not the answer, does someone have a better alternative?

Some have asserted that Republicans would want to torpedo FirstNet if the party is successful in the November elections. Given the structure of....More
Jun 21, 2016

Kudos to FCC for beginning to tackle key noise-floor issue in technical inquiry

With the proliferation of wireless networks, small cells and smart devices, some have wondered what is happening to the RF noise floor. Thankfully,....More
Jun 09, 2016

Convergence between public-safety and commercial communications not just a one-way street

Convergence to date primarily has been a function of public safety moving toward technologies used in commercial communications, but there are....More
Jun 07, 2016

It’s still early, but the winner of the FirstNet RFP appears to be … public safety

Today's Rivada Mercury announcement revealing its key team members of its offeror team should make potential public-safety customers more comfortable....More
Jun 02, 2016

FirstNet’s bidding deadline has passed—what we know now

FirstNet provided only a cryptic statement as Tuesday's bid deadline passed, but it was enough to provide public safety and key decision makers with....More
May 26, 2016

Get ready to adapt, because a flood of critical-communications changes are coming

It may be tough to pinpoint exactly when everything will happen, but all signs point to significant changes on the horizon throughout the critical-....More
May 24, 2016

Anticipation increases as FirstNet-proposal countdown hits the one-week mark

FirstNet proposals are due in a week, on May 31. What will we learn on that day, and during the weeks that follow?....More
May 17, 2016

Ten years after O’Brien proposal, there is light at the end of the tunnel for public-safety broadband communications

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Morgan O’Brien unveiling his public-safety broadband vision during his IWCE 2006 keynote. Things did not progress....More
May 12, 2016

Decision makers need to consider many layers when determining future role of mission-critical voice over LTE

Will mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) over LTE replace LMR services for first responders? The answer is not clear, but it is important that....More
May 05, 2016

As technology changes rapidly, policies lag too far behind

A lot is happening in the technology arena, with innovations happening constantly in the IP and wireless sectors. But policy development lags well....More
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