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 May 16, 2017

Global cyberattack provides a stark reminder of potential vulnerabilities, need for secure systems

News of the global WannaCry ransomware attack underscores the challenges of security measures for all sectors, especially for public safety and other....More
in Urgent Matters May 08, 2017

Recent events underscore significant market impact of LMR-LTE convergence

Many of the key trends that were displayed and discussed during IWCE 2017 promise to have a significant impact on the critical-communications....More
in Urgent Matters Apr 11, 2017

Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters

FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However,....More
in Urgent Matters Mar 27, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to IWCE 2017 …

With the big FirstNet board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, IWCE attendees may notice some changes in the speaker lineups early in the week....More
in Urgent Matters Feb 28, 2017

Government officials anxious for FirstNet clarity while contemplating long-term plans

Public safety may have the greatest interest in the outcome of a court decision that could clarify when FirstNet will be able to award its nationwide....More
in Urgent Matters Feb 21, 2017

Five years later, public safety can see a light at the end of FirstNet tunnel

It has been five years since FirstNet was established. Will it be worth the wait?....More
in Urgent Matters Feb 09, 2017

All eyes on court as decision time approaches in FirstNet case

Next week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is expected to receive the final written brief in the lawsuit filed by Rivada Mercury protesting the....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 10, 2017

Uncertain delays create timing issues for states, public safety in preparation for FirstNet

FirstNet officials say they are ready to proceed, but states and first-responder agencies are awaiting the outcome of a legal proceeding to get a....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 20, 2016

FirstNet cybersecurity demands just one area that potential opt-out states should weigh carefully

Many advocates of the opt-out alternative to FirstNet cite the option as a way for a state to exert greater control over the public-safety broadband....More

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