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 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
in Urgent Matters Aug 23, 2016

Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety

Sue Swenson's reappointment as chairwoman of FirstNet should be viewed as a big win for public safety, based on Swenson's contributions to date and....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 17, 2016

When your hands are full, new technology may let your eyes carry the load

Public-safety personnel in the field want the information that broadband applications can deliver, but they often need to keep their heads up and....More
in Urgent Matters Aug 11, 2016

APCO says what many in public safety believe, calling story about FirstNet ‘inaccurate’ and ‘inflammatory’

Is FirstNet obsolete before being built? APCO certainly doesn't think so....More

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