There was no static clouding the message Boston City Councilors had on Wednesday when they outlawed the installation of satellite dishes in places where they are in full public view.
Officials passed a new rule that aims at keeping residents from placing the dishes on the fronts of houses.
“I am very excited about this ordinance,” said Councillor Matt O’Malley during a meeting Wednesday. “It will allow for the protection of neighborhood character and address a serious quality of life issue.”
O’Malley is confident the new city ordinance could serve as a national standard for other communities trying to pass similar measures.
The move prohibits people from placing dishes where they may be blocking fire escapes and from being placed on the front façades of buildings.
Those with dishes currently on their houses will be grandfathered in, according to city officials.
Dishes not in use have to be removed, however.
Landlords will have until January 1, 2015 to take them down.
The ordinance will also require residents to register their dishes with the city’s Inspectional Services Department.
If residents can’t receive a signal from an antenna placed on the sides or back of their houses, they can file a petition with the city to place it on the front of the building.
“I think this is a fair one,” said Councilor Sal LaMattina. “We do this in historic districts in Boston, and we haven’t had any problems over there. I think this is a win- win for the city to preserves the character of our neighborhoods.”
City Council officials had three working sessions to discuss the ordinance and fine-tune the regulations.