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.


AT&T targets draft state plans in June, outlines business case behind its FirstNet bid
ATT officials say that the carrier plans to work with FirstNet to release draft state plans in June and expects governors to make opt-out decisions during the fourth quarter of this year, when the company’s goal is to have all 56 states and territories accept the nationwide FirstNet deployment plans.
Assured Wireless: Steve Morley highlights company's prototype Band 14 hotspot that leverages high-power rules
Assured Wireless President Steve Morley discusses his company's long-range LTE connectivity products, which are designed to leverage the high-powered capabilities allowed by FCC rules for public-safety broadband services operating on the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet.
Motorola Solutions: Mark Krizik demonstrates personnel-accountability solution for firefighters on trunked systems
Mark Krizik, fire market sales specialist for Motorola Solutions, demonstrates the company's personnel-accountability solution, which is designed primarily to meet the needs of fire-department customers when responding to an incident. Previously available for users with conventional radio systems, the solution now also works with trunked radio systems.
T-Mobile leads bidding in FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction 2
T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast were the leading winners in the incentive spectrum auction that generated $19.8 billion in gross bids for 70 MHz of licensed 600 MHz airwaves, FCC officials announced today.
FirstNet CEO, AT&T official provide further details about 25-year contract for first-responder network 1
ATT plans to provide “very aggressive” pricing for its FirstNet subscription packages, and the carrier has pledged $18 billion to ensure that the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) receives regular technological and coverage upgrades during the 25-year contract period, according to officials for AT&T and FirstNet.
West Safety Services: John Martyn demonstrates application integration with Kodiak PTT solution
John Martyn, systems architect for West Safety Services, demonstrates how the company's incident-command software is integrated with Kodiak's enhanced push-to-talk solution to enable better on-scene response coordination.
JVCKENWOOD USA: James Jones showcases company's integration with third-party solutions
James Jones, JVCKENWOOD USA's senior manager for research and development, highlights the company's efforts to integrate its LMR offerings with third-party solutions for location-based services and hospitality workflow management.
Motorola Solutions: Joe Friedman demonstrates in-car 4K video solution
Joe Friedman, senior staff engineer for Motorola Solutions, demonstrates the company’s new in-car video system that leverages a 360-degree camera to provide 4K video that can be used for a variety of evidentiary, training and situational-awareness purposes.
AT&T, FirstNet officials provide new perspectives on governors’ ‘opt-out’ decision process 1
AT&T and FirstNet officials provide new details about information that governors should consider when deciding whether their states and territories should accept the FirstNet deployment plan or choose to pursue the “opt-out” alternative.
ESChat: Josh Lober highlights key developments from past year, including QoS capabilities
ESChat President Josh Lober discusses company highlights from the past year, including interoperability with P25 via ISSI and the development of an “advanced over-the-top” service that is designed to deliver quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities.
Kodiak: Bruce Lawler highlights rural deployment, application integrations, MCPTT future
Bruce Lawler, Kodiak chief product officer and co-founder, describes how the company’s carrier-integrated push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) solution is being used in a rural Texas county, as well as highlighting efforts to integrate applications with the Kodiak offering. Lawler also discusses Kodiak's positioning as the industry pursues commercial availability of the mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) standard approved last year.
JVCKENWOOD USA: James Jones highlights flexibility within new NX-3000 series of NEXEDGE radios
James Jones, JVCKENWOOD USA's senior manager for research and development, outlines key features of the NX-3000 series of mid-tier NEXEDGE radios, including the fact that the subscriber units support DMR operation, as well as NXDN and analog usage.
Court releases redacted decision in FirstNet case; Rivada Mercury disagrees with criticisms of its proposal 1
Evaluators determined that Rivada Mercury’s proposal to build and maintain FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) was “risky” because of uncertainty surrounding third-party funding, teaming agreements and its wholesale-broadband-market business plan, according to a court ruling released last Friday.
Motorola Solutions: Fred Chavis showcases prototype for LTE eNodeB, EPC and application server in a box
Fred Chavis, Motorola Solutions' senior manager of public-safety LTE global trials, showcases the LXN-500, which houses an LTE eNodeB, evolved packet core (EPC) and application server in a single unit that is designed for use in remote and rural areas outside of the coverage footprint for a network provider like FirstNet.
Sonim-Southern Linc: Bob Escalle and Rob Butts discuss deal that will let Southern Linc LTE customers buy Sonim handsets
Bob Escalle, Sonim Technologies' vice president for the public-safety market segment, and Rob Butts, Southern Linc's director of business and government, outline the agreement announced last week that will allow Southern Linc LTE customers to purchase smart devices manufactured by Sonim Technologies.