Everyone who’s been living in the last century with a satellite dish on their roof, the city of Boston may soon force you to upgrade to digital cable. According to a report from The Boston Channel, the Boston City Council will vote on a resolution next week which will ban satellite dishes from being installed in places that could affect the visual appearance of a neighborhood.
City Councillor Sal Lamattina wrote the resolution, and compared satellite dishes to unsightly graffiti, unshoveled snow and trash littering a neighborhood. “Certainly landlords should be held accountable for letting their property become covered in something that makes the neighborhood look terrible,” he tells the Boston Channel.
Mayor Menino is also in favor of the ordinance and is expected to sign it into law.
Philadelphia has already passed a similar ordinance for satellite dishes, but it hasn’t been met without resistance. The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association, Dish and DirecTV are petitioning the law to the Federal Communications Commission, saying that it can “unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use and preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.”
Honestly, if you want a quality signal, why not just switch to digital cable? Councilllor Latmattina is right – the dishes are hideous and really outdated. Want a few extra channels? Pay more for digital cable and enjoy your football games without having to climb on your roof and swing the giant dish around. You don’t want to end up like this dude…