Re: External Displays
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 15:16:04 -0800 (PST)
Hi all!

Usually I'm loathed to get into discussions like this on email ...
because I watch and am a great fan of C-SPAN this is actually
something I heard about when C SPAN had a discussion about
telecommunications.  The condo cannot prohibit a satellite dish IF the
unit owner has external space to mount it such as a deck, balcony or
porch even a roof EXCEPT if it's unsafe OR the building is in the
national register of historic preservation.

And, yes, they can just install it.   There's a wonderful 100-150 unit
apt. building in SW DC in which all the units have a balcony.  Instead
of installing a central system ... EVERY balcony ... every single one
... has a satellite dish.  It's the funniest and saddest thing to see.
 It looks as if the building either sprouted metal "flowers" or came
down w/ some alien disease.

Hopefully, if people in cohousing want a satellite dish they would be
sensitive to their neighbors and seek to work w/ the community to
affix the dish in an appropriate manner that works for everyone.
However ... if they have a private exterior space they can simply have
the company install the dish.

Now this could have changed in the last five years and I'd love it if
someone more knowledgeable than me a la C-SPAN would clarify this if

Here's a link I found:

Ann Z.

On Nov 12, 2007 5:36 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:
> On Nov 12, 2007, at 4:47 PM, Larry Miller wrote:
> > Actually, I believe that there is a Federal law that allows anyone
> > to put up a satellite dish.
> > Communities cannot forbid them. This was passed in the 1980s after
> > intense lobbying by the
> > satellite companies.

> And many communities have many, many restrictions and fines to go
> along with them.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC
Ann Zabaldo
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