Court ruling is defeat for landlords

WASHINGTON — Cable die-hards who happen to rent have every right to install satellite dishes on balconies, patios and roofs, a federal appeals court here has ruled.

Judicial decision is a defeat for landlords, who argued that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the constitutional authority to dictate the terms of a lease.

Under direction from Congress, the FCC in 1996 began to relax restrictions regarding the installation of direct broadcast satellite dishes.

The appeals court in its order –handed down July 6 — determined that a viewer, even if a renter, should not be blocked from receiving broadcast satellite services.

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