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.

Posts by Donny Jackson

in Urgent Matters Sep 16, 2014

FirstNet begins new era with revamped board

The FirstNet board will meet this week with five new members in the 12 appointed slots. Unfortunately, this is not time for a leisurely learning....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 28, 2014

How should DHS spend its R&D dollars? Take this opportunity to let them know

As part of its Visionary Goals initiative, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established an online collaboration community at http....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 26, 2014

Should FirstNet system be designed from the inside out?

Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 19, 2014

700 MHz narrowband decision from the FCC is needed—quickly

Hopefully, the FCC will quickly adopt an order eliminating the 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline or extending the deadlines by several years, so....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 04, 2014

After a decade, an unwanted—but fortunate—absence from APCO 2014

IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson will miss this week's APCO 2014 show in New Orleans, but he is hopeful that it will allow him to....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 17, 2014

Upcoming webinar promises to provide insights on FirstNet-state relationships

Looking for the latest information about FirstNet and key state initiatives? Join us on Wednesday, July 23, for a "State of the States" webinar to....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 14, 2014

FCC broadband initiatives for schools, rural areas could impact future public-safety strategies

FCC commissioners have approved items designed to bring broadband to underserved rural areas, as well as to the nation’s schools and libraries. On....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 10, 2014

FirstNet faces monumental challenge as state consultations get set to begin

To date, FirstNet has done a good job of keeping all of its options available by not making any commitments regarding its business plan or network....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 08, 2014

Ten years later, 800 MHz rebanding proves to be an enlightening exercise

It has taken much longer than originally expected, but 800 MHz rebanding is almost complete in most of the United States 10 years after the FCC....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 03, 2014

Policymakers must ensure that the privacy pendulum does not swing so far that public safety is compromised

Today's technological advances support unprecedented surveillance capabilities. No one wants an Orwellian 1984 society, but we all want government....More

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