Donny Jackson

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.

Articles

Vermont, Florida commissions make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ recommendations to governors
Commissions in Vermont and Florida announce recommended that their respective governors make "opt-in" decisions for FirstNet.
California releases RFP seeking bids from potential vendors to build FirstNet alternative RAN
California issues a request for proposals (RFP) from vendors willing to build and maintain the FirstNet radio access network (RAN) within the state for the next 25 years, if California pursues and achieves “opt-out” status.
Georgia becomes 31st state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Georgia the 31st state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
New Hampshire committee recommendation on 'opt-in/opt-out' decision could be delayed until early December
A New Hampshire committee tasked with assessing whether Gov. Chris Sununu should make a FirstNet “opt-in” announcement or pursue the “opt-out” alternative could delay making its recommendation until Dec. 8, according to a state official familiar with the proceedings.
North Carolina becomes 30th state to announce FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decision
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making North Carolina the 30th state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
AT&T’s Sambar emphasizes company’s commitment to public safety, touts disaster-response efforts
AT&T is committed to serving public-safety users that subscribe to FirstNet, which is illustrated by the carrier’s enhancements of its network, personnel and disaster-recovery efforts that have been tested in recent months, according to Chris Sambar, AT&T senior vice president for FirstNet.
Verizon: David Wiederecht discusses public safety's need for reliable network, interoperable competition
David Wiederecht, director of Verizon’s public-safety solutions group, talks about the carrier’s network performance during recent disasters and potential first-responders benefits from competition among interoperable broadband offerings.
AT&T: Doug Clark differentiates FirstNet from commercial broadband offerings
Doug Clark, AT&T’s assistant vice president for FirstNet outreach and consultation, explains how public-safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet—being built nationwide by AT&T—will receive services that differ from traditional commercial broadband offerings.
TJ Kennedy to leave FirstNet at end of year, plans to move into the private sector 1
FirstNet President TJ Kennedy will be leaving FirstNet at the end of the year to pursue private-sector opportunities associated with public-safety communications, Kennedy and FirstNet confirmed.
Utah becomes 29th state to make FirstNet “opt-in” decision
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Utah the 29th state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
Verizon vows to bid, if California issues RFP for alternative RAN to FirstNet
A Verizon executive tells the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) boardthat his company would submit a proposal to build an alternative LTE radio access network (RAN) to serve public-safety users in California in an “opt-out” scenario, if the state initiates a procurement process.
South Carolina becomes 28th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making South Carolina the 28th state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announces that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Pennsylvania the 27th state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
Oklahoma becomes 26th state to announce FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decision
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announces that she has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of her state, making Oklahoma the 26th state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
Stakeholders outline positions in preparation for House subcommittee hearing 2
Disagreements between FirstNet/AT&T officials and representatives of state government and other wireless carriers have been highlighted during the past week as various stakeholders in the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) prepare for a FirstNet hearing before a House subcommittee.