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

FirstNet to play a ‘very, very significant’ role in AT&T plans for broadband, smart cities, IoT, exec says 1
​Public-safety communications is the focus of AT&T’s deployment of the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), but the carrier giant also expects the initiative to generate key benefits in smart cities and other key growth areas beyond the first-responder community, according to an AT&T executive.
Ohio becomes 33rd state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
Ohio officials announce that the state has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Ohio the 33rd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
Vermont becomes 32nd state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott 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 Vermont the 32nd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.
FirstNet clarifies position on LTE core use in ‘opt-out’ states, says it also applies to ‘extended primary’ groups
States or territories that achieve “opt-out” status must use the FirstNet LTE core network to provide broadband services to FirstNet public-safety users in both the “primary” and “extended primary” groups, according to information released recently by FirstNet and published on the organization’s web site.
Colorado selects Rivada-Macquarie team as RAN vendor in potential FirstNet ‘opt-out’ scenario 1
Colorado has selected the team of Rivada Networks and Macquarie Infrastructure Developments to build and maintain the alternative LTE radio access network (RAN) in the state, if Gov. John Hickenlooper decides the state should pursue the “opt-out” alternative to the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).
AT&T exec expects ‘many’ governors will not make FirstNet ‘opt-in/opt-out’ decision 1
Governors in “many” states and territories will not make a FirstNet “opt-in/opt-out” decision, effectively making an “opt-in” choice by taking no action by the Dec. 28 deadline, according to John Stephens, chief financial officer (CFO) for AT&T, FirstNet’s nationwide contractor.
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.