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 Jan 12, 2018

With opt-in decisions in the rearview mirror, it’s time for public safety to do its homework (Part 1)

​Now that all 50 states and most territories have made their “opt-in” decisions to accept the deployment plans from FirstNet and AT....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 05, 2018

What just happened? A review of key factors considered during the FirstNet ‘opt-in/opt-out’ decision period

All states made their "opt-in" decisions for FirstNet by the Dec. 28 deadline given to governors. Although the final choices were all the same,....More
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

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