Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Action Notification Network?
The Action Notification Network, sometimes called ANN, is a system that
uses the Internet email system to dispatch, to a pool of users, information
about breaking news and events. It was originally developed to let
several friends notify one another of high-drama events heard on a police
radio scanner. The creators of the system soon saw that the system
could benefit more than just hobbyists. It has been expanded to
include all types of alerts and caters to a wide range of users.
How does the notification system work?
After learning of an important event, a dispatcher accesses a website
where he/she can send a page for a certain category with a short
message. This message is sent to all the users within the selected
parameters using the Internet email system.
do I receive notifications?
Any device that can have an email address can be used with the ANN.
Most text-pagers and digital cellular phones can receive Internet email
messages. Of course your standard email account can be utilized.
much does it cost?
At this time the service is offered at no cost. It is free. At
some point in the future this service may require a subscription
fee. Active members of the network will be given at least two months
notice if and when a fee structure is implemented.
privacy concerns should I have as a users of ANN?
At this time we ask only basic information of you when you sign up.
Any information that we collect will be kept confidential. It will
not be given away or sold and it cannot be accessed by another user or
dispatcher. If the Action Notification Network is sold or a transfer
of ownership takes place you will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe
from the network and avoid having any of your information transferred.
can't I use a Hotmail email account?
There is a potential for the Action Notification Network to be
abused. Because of this possibility we request that you use an email
address supplied by an Internet Service Provider instead of an email only
provider. AOL, The Door, @Home, are examples of an ISPs that provide
email addresses. Your paging address can be any email address including
Hotmail or any other email service.
will I receive the pages?
The Action Notification Network server is connected directly to the email
server which, in turn, is connected directly to an Internet
backbone. This ensures that the messages are sent as quickly as
possible. Speed will vary depending on Internet traffic, time of
day, how your email client is setup, and many other factors. Tests
indicate that most pages are received within a few seconds to three
I'm not a radio scanner
enthusiast. Why would I want to use this service?
Although the system was originally developed for scanner buffs, it has
expanded so that it is practical for people of many walks of life.
View a list of Notification Events or click one
of the occupations below to see how different people are able to take
advantage of the network.
How do I subscribe to the Action Notification
Fill out the "Request