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

Aug 25, 2015

Cybersecurity could be the biggest challenge for FirstNet, next-gen 911

Industry engineers are making great progress developing IP-based solutions that address the myriad functionality needs of public safety and critical-....More
Aug 19, 2015

Establishing appropriate policies in-building wireless systems a key to safety of citizens, first responders

With a growing number of households depending on wireless technologies to be able to call 911 for help during an emergency—and be located by public....More
Aug 13, 2015

For FirstNet, major decisions necessary to reach goal for year-end RFP

If FirstNet hopes to meet its goal of issuing a final RFP by the end of the year, it’s time for the FirstNet board to make critical decisions....More
Jun 25, 2015

Put away the PowerPoints, next-gen 911 capabilities are real

After years of talking and planning, next-generation 911 capabilities are being deployed in the field....More
Jun 18, 2015

Could federal-procurement rules result in FirstNet getting ‘snookered’ in deal with partners?

Congress was careful to stipulate that FirstNet's board include members with telecom backgrounds. However, there are questions whether federal-....More
Jun 09, 2015

Opt-out scenarios from FirstNet appear increasingly tough for states, territories

Many states and territories are exploring the opt-out alternative to being part of FirstNet, which would require them to build out the radio access....More
May 26, 2015

Changes in public-safety communications are happening quickly—and acceleration is likely in the forecast

Evolution in public-safety communications has become noticeably more rapid in recent years, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate during the....More
May 19, 2015

Process for states’ opt-out opportunity complicates FirstNet business model

FirstNet's business model promises to be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But will the processes surrounding the opt-out decision-....More
Apr 30, 2015

GAO report identifies several FirstNet challenges, ignores multiple key factors

In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does a good job of summarizing most of the business-model challenges facing FirstNet....More
Apr 23, 2015

Go, or No Go? New LA-RICS public-safety LTE plan gives NTIA, FirstNet a lot to consider

There has been no decision yet from NTIA about the fate of the LA-RICS public-safety LTE project. That's understandable, because there are a lot of....More

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