FCC Information Sheet


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Welcome to the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association's informational resource for the protection and enforcement of your right to install satellite dishes and antennas. In 1996, the Federal Communications Commission created the Over-the-Air Reception Devices (OTARD) Rules to protect an individual's right to install and use satellite dishes and antennas. The OTARD Rule applies to satellite dishes and antennas placed within the exclusive control of the user and this protection supersedes most restrictions created by state and local governments and non-governmental entities, including community associations and rental properties. For more information on the OTARD Rule, watch this short educational video.
If you believe you have been unfairly targeted in the installation or use of your satellite dish or antenna, please complete the form below and we will work to assist you.
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Fee Requirements
Satellite Installation Height Restrictions
Satellite Locations and Setback Requirements
Limitations on Number of Satellites
Safety Exception
Historic Preservation Exception