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 16, 2014

What’s in a name? For FirstNet, “public-safety entity” definition is critical to system planning, business model

On the surface, FirstNet's proceeding asking for input on what should be a "public-safety entity" might sound trivial. In reality, the answer may not....More
in Urgent Matters Oct 02, 2014

For the latest information about FirstNet, join us for today’s ‘State of the States’ webinar

Gain insights about key FirstNet questions from people with firsthand knowledge during today's “State of the States” webinar, which will be conducted....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 30, 2014

Missing FirstNet question may shed light on organization’s early hiring practices

Whether the hiring practices for consultants/contractors during FirstNet's early days were appropriate may depend largely on your interpretation of....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 23, 2014

FirstNet takes big steps, but significant decisions still remain

FirstNet makes tangible progress toward procurement with last week's release of its comprehensive RFI and preliminary legal interpretations. As a....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 18, 2014

Back to the Future? O’Brien notes similarities, differences between past ventures, Pacific DataVision

Morgan O’Brien—best known as being the co-founder of Nextel Communications—says he is returning to his roots, this time as vice chairman of Pacific....More
in Urgent Matters Sep 16, 2014

FirstNet begins new era with revamped board

The FirstNet board will meet this week with five new members in the 12 appointed slots. Unfortunately, this is not time for a leisurely learning....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 28, 2014

How should DHS spend its R&D dollars? Take this opportunity to let them know

As part of its Visionary Goals initiative, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has established an online collaboration community at http....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 26, 2014

Should FirstNet system be designed from the inside out?

Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 19, 2014

700 MHz narrowband decision from the FCC is needed—quickly

Hopefully, the FCC will quickly adopt an order eliminating the 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline or extending the deadlines by several years, so....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 04, 2014

After a decade, an unwanted—but fortunate—absence from APCO 2014

IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson will miss this week's APCO 2014 show in New Orleans, but he is hopeful that it will allow him to....More

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