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 Oct 04, 2017

Unanswered questions loom as governors prepare to make ‘opt-in/opt-out’ FirstNet choices

Most governors have until Dec. 28 to make their "opt-in/opt-out" choices regarding FirstNet. Considerable information about FirstNet is available,....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 27, 2017

MythBusters: A FirstNet edition

Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here's an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 13, 2017

FirstNet’s Sue Swenson expresses confidence in AT&T’s ability to make network vision a reality

When ATT won the nationwide FirstNet contract, some expressed concern that the telecommunications giant could be so focused on its massive commercial....More
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

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