Placement of satellite dishes on homes topic of Philadelphia bill

    New rules for satellite installers are expected to be passed by Philadelphia City Council after their summer recess.

    New rules for satellite installers are expected to be passed by Philadelphia City Council after their summer recess. Prior to adjourning, members revised a bill that addressing dish installation.

    The original bill would ban TV dishes from being installed on the front of a home unless the location was the only one to receive a good signal.

    City Councilman Darrell Clarke reviewed the bill and wanted to make sure the homeowner didn’t receive a fine if an installer mounted a satellite dish on the front of a home.

    Clarke:
    The earlier version actually created a penalty and put more of a burden of the property owner; that’s not the intent. I think the most significant portion of the burden as it related to installation should be on the installer, because ultimately it is their decision.

    Councilman Clarke says under the revised bill, installers would have to register with the Department of Licenses and Inspections and the state. When mounting a dish to the front of a house, they would have to certify it’s the only workable location.

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