Cut the Cable!!

Put up an antenna.


Many people are not aware that in 1996 the FCC had issued a Federal Rule that prevents HOA’s, CCR’s and other private entities from stopping the installation of TV antennas.

In just about any situation, you can put up an outdoor antenna to receive over the air broadcasts, and no rules or regulations can stop you, within reason.


Take the time to read and share the FCC’s Federal Regulations – OTARD – Over The Air Reception Devices.

As directed by Congress in Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Over-the-Air Reception Devices (“OTARD”) rule concerning governmental and nongovernmental restrictions on viewers’ ability to receive video programming signals from direct broadcast satellites (“DBS”), broadband radio service providers (formerly multichannel multipoint distribution service or MMDS), and television broadcast stations (“TVBS”).
The rule (47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000) has been in effect since October 1996, and it prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming.  The rule applies to video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37″) in diameter (or of any size in Alaska), TV antennas, and wireless cable antennas.  The rule 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.



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