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 Jul 26, 2016

RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety

It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 14, 2016

Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning

Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 12, 2016

‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice

Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 07, 2016

Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety

Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the....More
in Urgent Matters Jul 05, 2016

FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials

FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 28, 2016

Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface

After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 23, 2016

If FirstNet is not the answer, does someone have a better alternative?

Some have asserted that Republicans would want to torpedo FirstNet if the party is successful in the November elections. Given the structure of....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 21, 2016

Kudos to FCC for beginning to tackle key noise-floor issue in technical inquiry

With the proliferation of wireless networks, small cells and smart devices, some have wondered what is happening to the RF noise floor. Thankfully,....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 09, 2016

Convergence between public-safety and commercial communications not just a one-way street

Convergence to date primarily has been a function of public safety moving toward technologies used in commercial communications, but there are....More

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