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 Feb 24, 2015

Three years after its creation, it is time for FirstNet to begin making key decisions

Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had....More
in Urgent Matters Feb 03, 2015

How many PSAPs do we need? O’Rielly’s challenge could portend a new era for 911 operations

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly last week suggested that a task force consider massive consolidation of the nation's 5,900 public-safety answering....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 27, 2015

FCC wireless 911 location-accuracy rules should demand accountability, long-term improvement

FCC commissioners have a lot to consider as they establish much-needed rules for location accuracy associated with 911 calls. Hopefully, they make....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 15, 2015

PDV’s 900 MHz LMR-to-broadband proposal could be crossroads for critical-infrastructure comms

Utilities and critical-infrastructure entities should embrace the notion of the Pacific DataVision (PDV) offering to provide broadband services to....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 08, 2015

Dramatic changes in LTE landscape bust myths, provide FirstNet with new options

The commercial wireless industry has experienced a remarkable amount of change in recent years with the deployment of LTE and other technologies,....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 23, 2014

Gifts of clarity would be huge for critical communications in 2015

Aside from a bunch of money, most of the best gifts for the critical-communications sector for 2015 involve clarity, so the various stakeholders are....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 18, 2014

It’s a busy time, but 911 practitioners should share their location-accuracy opinions with the FCC

One of the hottest debates in the public-safety industry has revolved around the issue of FCC location-accuracy requirements for 911 calls made with....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 12, 2014

With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans

With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead,....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 11, 2014

Join us today for the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show

It’s not too late to participate in the 2014 IWCE Virtual Show—you can register here (for free) and, within minutes, you can participate in all of....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 04, 2014

Dialogue on prioritization, preemption, other meaningful response operations needed to make FirstNet goals a reality

It would be a shame to have FirstNet build a public-safety broadband system, only to find that first responders were not prepared to use it....More

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