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 Jun 25, 2015

Put away the PowerPoints, next-gen 911 capabilities are real

After years of talking and planning, next-generation 911 capabilities are being deployed in the field....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 18, 2015

Could federal-procurement rules result in FirstNet getting ‘snookered’ in deal with partners?

Congress was careful to stipulate that FirstNet's board include members with telecom backgrounds. However, there are questions whether federal-....More
in Urgent Matters Jun 09, 2015

Opt-out scenarios from FirstNet appear increasingly tough for states, territories

Many states and territories are exploring the opt-out alternative to being part of FirstNet, which would require them to build out the radio access....More
in Urgent Matters May 26, 2015

Changes in public-safety communications are happening quickly—and acceleration is likely in the forecast

Evolution in public-safety communications has become noticeably more rapid in recent years, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate during the....More
in Urgent Matters May 19, 2015

Process for states’ opt-out opportunity complicates FirstNet business model

FirstNet's business model promises to be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. But will the processes surrounding the opt-out decision-....More
in Urgent Matters Apr 30, 2015

GAO report identifies several FirstNet challenges, ignores multiple key factors

In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) does a good job of summarizing most of the business-model challenges facing FirstNet....More
in Urgent Matters Apr 23, 2015

Go, or No Go? New LA-RICS public-safety LTE plan gives NTIA, FirstNet a lot to consider

There has been no decision yet from NTIA about the fate of the LA-RICS public-safety LTE project. That's understandable, because there are a lot of....More
in Urgent Matters Mar 18, 2015

FirstNet’s role as spectrum licensee critical as states consider opt-out alternative

FirstNet's relationship with opt-out states or territories is explored in a public notice released last week. It includes a lot of legal detail, but....More
in Urgent Matters Mar 10, 2015

FirstNet takes first step toward getting down to business

Does FirstNet have the right to take excess revenue generated in an “opt-out” state to use elsewhere in the nation? The answer promises to have a....More
in Urgent Matters Mar 05, 2015

Arizona outage highlights need for strong network design, monitoring capability in critical communications

When a single conduit housing multiple fiber lines was cut last week, much of northern Arizona was unable to access the Internet, call 911, use....More

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