Donny Jackson

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.


FirstNet Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson resigns from Sonim Technologies board
FirstNet Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson has resigned from the board of Sonim Technologies amid conflict-of-interest questions, just days after being announced as a board member for the California-based manufacturer of rugged LTE devices.
Officials for AT&T, Nokia outline capabilities of upcoming MCPTT-compliant solutions
Voice services meeting the mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) standard developed by 3GPP—the body that oversees LTE development—will provide greater voice quality, performance and reliability than any push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) offering available on the market today, according to officials from AT&T and Nokia.
AT&T inks new site-lease deal with Crown Castle, cites benefits for FirstNet, 5G deployments
​AT&T announces that it has signed an agreement with Crown Castle—one of the leading tower companies in the U.S.—that will “streamline” deployment on thousands of existing and new sites to accelerate the carrier’s efforts to build FirstNet and 5G systems.
Pryme Radio introduces Pico wired-microphone solution for PoC users
Accessories maker Pryme Radio introduces the Pico, a wired-microphone system designed to address the specific needs of push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) users on smartphones and tablets that do not have a dedicated push-to-talk button.
NIST releases initial list of 17 devices certified for use on FirstNet system 1
Devices from Apple, Samsung, Sonim Technologies and Netgear are on the initial list of certified devices that public-safety users can use on the FirstNet broadband system being deployed by AT&T, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Most expect eventual public-safety transition to MCPTT over LTE, but timing remains in doubt 3
First responders are expected to begin utilizing mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT)-standard services over FirstNet and other LTE networks late this year, but industry representatives have myriad opinions about when MCPTT might supplant land-mobile-radio (LMR) as the solution for mission-critical voice communications.
Samsung official shares company’s vision for public-safety communications in U.S.
First responders may utilize the computing power of a smartphone throughout the workday—in the field, in a vehicle, and in the station/office—to complete myriad tasks requiring connectivity in the foreseeable future, according to a Samsung official helping lead the company’s U.S. public-safety initiatives.
Cradlepoint evolves LTE router portfolio, management capability
Cradlepoint continues to enhance its LTE wireless-router portfolio while providing a cloud-based NetCloud network-management solution that can make it much easier for public-safety agencies to maintain and monitor their broadband connections, according to company officials.
Public-safety communications veterans launch FirstNet Association
Longtime public-safety communications representatives announce the creation of the FirstNet Association, an organization that founders hope will provide a platform for end users and vendors to discuss issues associated with the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
JVCKENWOOD USA: John Grabowski offers glimpse into future, leveraging parent company's technologies
John Grabowski, JVCKENWOOD USA's director of marketing and communications for the communications sector, describes the conceptual Emergency Response Solution, which highlights some potential synergies that JVCKENWOOD—the Japan-based parent company of JVCKENWOOD USA—hopes to leverage by integrating products from its various business units.
Motorola Solutions closes deal with Avigilon video-solution provider
Motorola Solutions announces that it has completed its purchase of Avigilon, a Canada-based provider of video-surveillance solutions and analytics, for about $1 billion in cash.
JVCKENWOOD: Sara Isoardo highlights versatility of new DMR Tier III base station
Sara Isoardo of JVCKENWOOD highlights the versatility of a software-defined base station developed by Radio Activity, the Italy-based manufacurer that JVCKENWOOD purchased early this year. The versatile base station supports a host of LMR protocols—from analog to digital DMR and P25 Phase 1—and provides network operators with multiple migration paths.
Harris: Michelle Johnson, Ryan Seick discuss services enabled by next-generation VIDA core
Michelle Johnson and Ryan Seick of Harris explain how the company's next-generation VIDA core platform will provide additional flexibility to public-safety agencies, including support of certain 3GPP-standard servcices.
FirstNet, AT&T announce public-safety LTE core; AT&T exec dismisses Verizon interoperability concerns
FirstNet announces that nationwide contractor AT&T has delivered upon its promise to complete a dedicated public-safety LTE evolved packet core to serve FirstNet’s subscribers on schedule, while a key AT&T official dismisses concerns of communications issues between FirstNet and Verizon subscribers.
Verizon announces launch of its public-safety LTE core 1
First-responder subscribers to Verizon will have their traffic managed through a dedicated public-safety LTE core that will become operational this week, the telecom carrier announced today.