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Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA)



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Who we are:

Founded in 1986, the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) is the national trade organization representing the consumer satellite industry. The Association provides education and assistance to consumers, property managers and HOA’s regarding satellite placement issues.

SBCA, OTARD and the FCC:

Satellite television, interactive content and high speed satellite internet have long been extremely popular home and multiple unit technology alternatives. Oftentimes, we find that consumers run into issues regarding their ability to install and enjoy satellite service whether it is video or broadband. In addition many landlords, property managers and HOA boards have questions regarding satellite dish placement. SBCA works with these parties help them understand the regulations.

The Over-the-Air Reception Device (OTARD) is the Federal rules used by the consumer satellite industry regarding installation, maintenance and use of satellite antenna dishes. The Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) is responsible for administering these rules, and ensuring OTARD guidelines are followed. SBCA works with the FCC to ensure that these rules are followed.

Important information to know about OTARD:

The OTARD Rule applies to most state and local laws and landlord or community association rules that contain antenna restrictions that:

* Unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use
* Unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use
* Preclude a person from receiving or transmitting an acceptable quality signal from an antenna covered under the Rule

A consumer’s use of a covered dish antenna is protected by the OTARD Rule if:

* Placement of a dish is in the resident’s (owner or renter) exclusive use area, such as a balcony, deck, garden, yard or patio

* Placement of a dish is wholly within the user’s exclusive use area

More SBCA resources:

For more information about the OTARD rule, or specific guidelines, SBCA has created multiple documents for your convenience:

* The FCC’s FAQ page:

* SBCA’s one-page document about the rules: http://sbca.org/sites/default/files/SBCA_OTARD_flyer.pdf

* Dish placement diagram:

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