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 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
in Urgent Matters Jul 07, 2016

Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety

Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 05, 2016

FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials

FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 28, 2016

Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface

After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the....More

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