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Industry Fight Expected After Philadelphia Imposes New Rules On TV Dishes

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council is bracing for a legal challenge after approving a bill that regulates the placement of new satellite dishes on the roofs of Philadelphia homes.

The vote was 17-0 as Council approved the bill, which among other things makes the satellite company responsible for painting a dish to match the roof if it is placed on the front of the home.

Councilman Darrell Clarke, the sponsor, has spent two years battling the dish industry on this.  He stresses that homeowners face no new costs and that existing dishes stay as they are.

“They are grandfathered in,” Clarke explained.  “We’re not asking them or the industry to remove those dishes and put them on the rear of the properties.  But on subsequent installations, we’re asking them to adhere to the guidelines established.”

The mayor is expected to sign the measure.  But the satellite television industry is unlikely to follow the guidelines.

The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association, representing both Dish Networks and Direct TV, says that only the FCC can regulate satellite dishes.  And Clarke acknowledges that a lawsuit against his bill is likely.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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  • bottomline

    If the city wins this battle, that would set a precedence which would also make solar energy installations questionable. I guess applying fees and taxes would sooth their aesthetic energies.

  • Angry Revolutionary

    City council continues to baffle me. Honestly who do they think they are to regulate what private business does or how they do commerce. If I were DirecTV and Dish I would simply say that we are no longer going to do business in the Philadelphia market. City council likes to step on legal issues that they should not and don’t have the right to step on. But hey they contine to make sure that DROP stays, that curfews are passed to punish the majority to “protect” us from the minority and try to find new and exciting ways to tax the working class right out of the city. Bravo.

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