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

With opt-in decisions in the rearview mirror, it’s time for public safety to do its homework

in Urgent Matters Jan 12, 2018
​Now that all 50 states and most territories have made their “opt-in” decisions to accept the deployment plans from FirstNet and AT......

What just happened? A review of key factors considered during the FirstNet ‘opt-in/opt-out’ decision period

in Urgent Matters Jan 05, 2018
All states made their "opt-in" decisions for FirstNet by the Dec. 28 deadline given to governors. Although the final choices were all the same,......

Unanswered questions loom as governors prepare to make ‘opt-in/opt-out’ FirstNet choices

in Urgent Matters Oct 04, 2017
Most governors have until Dec. 28 to make their "opt-in/opt-out" choices regarding FirstNet. Considerable information about FirstNet is available,......

MythBusters: A FirstNet edition

in Urgent Matters Jun 27, 2017
Many things are being said about FirstNet, but not all of them are entirely accurate. Here's an attempt to clarify some potentially confusing......

FirstNet’s Sue Swenson expresses confidence in AT&T’s ability to make network vision a reality

in Urgent Matters Jun 13, 2017
When ATT won the nationwide FirstNet contract, some expressed concern that the telecommunications giant could be so focused on its massive commercial......

Global cyberattack provides a stark reminder of potential vulnerabilities, need for secure systems

in Urgent Matters May 16, 2017
News of the global WannaCry ransomware attack underscores the challenges of security measures for all sectors, especially for public safety and other......

Recent events underscore significant market impact of LMR-LTE convergence

in Urgent Matters May 08, 2017
Many of the key trends that were displayed and discussed during IWCE 2017 promise to have a significant impact on the critical-communications......

Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters

in Urgent Matters Apr 11, 2017
FirstNet may be taking longer than many in the public-safety community had hoped to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. However,......
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