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 Nov 22, 2016

10 questions people want answered when FirstNet names its contractor

While the critical-communications industry anxiously awaits FirstNet's unveiling of the contractor that will build its nationwide public-safety....More
in Urgent Matters Nov 01, 2016

What could go wrong? Here are some sources of potential unwanted delays in FirstNet deployment

FirstNet's procurement includes an aggressive phased deployment plan throughout the United States. But there are several potential scenarios that....More
in Urgent Matters Oct 25, 2016

Latest DDoS attack exposes significant security vulnerability associated with some IoT devices

Last Friday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the....More
in Urgent Matters Oct 20, 2016

What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project

Just two weeks before FirstNet's target date of Nov. 1 to announce the winning contractor, pdvWireless disclosed that its bidding team is no longer....More
in Urgent Matters Oct 13, 2016

Some in-building policy coordination today could reap big communications benefits in the future

If in-building efforts and reliability standards can be aligned effectively, the potential impact for both public-safety and commercial....More
in Urgent Matters Oct 06, 2016

State RFPs for FirstNet highlight intriguing issues for public safety’s 700 MHz narrowband spectrum

Many in public safety have expressed resistance to the notion that some states are exploring the notion of migrating 700 MHz public-safety narrowband....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 27, 2016

FirstNet education is crucial, but it does not lend itself to sound bites, elevator pitches

FirstNet is important, but educating officials, public safety and the general public about this unprecedented initiative may be easier said than done....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 15, 2016

Congress needs to update the Communications Act—quickly

Technology has changed dramatically during the past 20 years, and Congress needs to pass laws reflecting this new world of communications....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 13, 2016

Don’t be too quick to judge New Hampshire harshly for signing deal with Rivada

Last week, New Hampshire signed an agreement with Rivada Networks to build the RAN in its state, if it decides to opt out of FirstNet. Did the state....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 01, 2016

Body-worn-camera policies provide a glimpse of future technology-related challenges

It is exciting to imagine the possibilities that technologies like drones and the Internet of Things could bring to public safety. However, the....More

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