Are We Allowed To Put Up A Satellite Dish Where We Live?

Are We Allowed To Put Up A Satellite Dish Where We Live?

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Jason Yang
Mar 28, 2012

You see them everywhere: big ugly dishes mounted on neighborhood balconies, rooftops, and various odd locations aimed toward the skies. Did you know that there are actually FCC rules that allow you to put a satellite dish up, no matter how ugly? We looked into the issue, taking note of rules when discussing the matter with your landlord or HOA.

According to the FCC's FAQ for satellite dishes:

Can I place my satellite dish anywhere on my property? In general, a satellite dish that is 1 meter (39.37 inches) or less may be installed on an area that you own or where you have exclusive use. There are some restrictions that apply. For more information, please refer to our guide on Over-the-Air Reception Devices.
...in effect since October 1996, and it prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming.
...prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.
...it also applies to rental property where the renter has an exclusive use area, such as a balcony or patio

So don't get pushed around if you really want to have satellite television for your home. Read the entire text to properly arm yourself with your rights (and responsibilities).

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