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

Oct 13, 2015

Did you blink during the last few weeks? If so, here are some things you may have missed

A lot is happening in the critical-communications arena right now, whether the topic is next-generation 911, cybersecurity or FirstNet, and it may be....More
Sep 15, 2015

Where will FirstNet be next 9/11?

As we observed the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies last week, FirstNet officials were busy preparing for the release of a final RFP by the end....More
Sep 03, 2015

Federal-state-local talks today could enable better, smoother public-safety communications transitions in the future

What role should federal, state and local governments play in next-generation public-safety communications? It's a critical question that deserves a....More
Sep 01, 2015

FirstNet sets bar high for cybersecurity while pursuing ambitious timeline

At a time high-profile government and corporate entities are suffering data breaches on a regular basis, FirstNet officials want to develop a....More
Aug 25, 2015

Cybersecurity could be the biggest challenge for FirstNet, next-gen 911

Industry engineers are making great progress developing IP-based solutions that address the myriad functionality needs of public safety and critical-....More
Aug 19, 2015

Establishing appropriate policies in-building wireless systems a key to safety of citizens, first responders

With a growing number of households depending on wireless technologies to be able to call 911 for help during an emergency—and be located by public....More
Aug 13, 2015

For FirstNet, major decisions necessary to reach goal for year-end RFP

If FirstNet hopes to meet its goal of issuing a final RFP by the end of the year, it’s time for the FirstNet board to make critical decisions....More
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
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
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

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