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 Feb 09, 2017

All eyes on court as decision time approaches in FirstNet case

Next week, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is expected to receive the final written brief in the lawsuit filed by Rivada Mercury protesting the....More
in Urgent Matters Jan 10, 2017

Uncertain delays create timing issues for states, public safety in preparation for FirstNet

FirstNet officials say they are ready to proceed, but states and first-responder agencies are awaiting the outcome of a legal proceeding to get a....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 20, 2016

FirstNet cybersecurity demands just one area that potential opt-out states should weigh carefully

Many advocates of the opt-out alternative to FirstNet cite the option as a way for a state to exert greater control over the public-safety broadband....More
in Urgent Matters Dec 06, 2016

Why public safety should be excited by FirstNet’s prospects, despite potential delays

Rivada Mercury is suing to protest its removal from consideration for the FirstNet procurement, noting the strengths of its proposal. Now that the....More
in Urgent Matters Nov 22, 2016

10 questions people want answered when FirstNet names its contractor

While the critical-communications industry anxiously awaits FirstNet's unveiling of the contractor that will build its nationwide public-safety....More
in Urgent Matters Nov 01, 2016

What could go wrong? Here are some sources of potential unwanted delays in FirstNet deployment

FirstNet's procurement includes an aggressive phased deployment plan throughout the United States. But there are several potential scenarios that....More
in Urgent Matters Oct 25, 2016

Latest DDoS attack exposes significant security vulnerability associated with some IoT devices

Last Friday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the....More
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

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