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SBCA Reports that Community Associations and Rental Properties Violate the OTARD Rule at Alarming Rate

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2007 -- According to the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA), community associations and rental properties still pose a significant obstacle to consumers wishing to lawfully install satellite television systems.

In April 2006, the SBCA started tracking all OTARD claims to help determine which OTARD issues are most problematic for users and installers.  Community associations were most problematic with 60 percent of the claims, followed by rental properties at 34 percent.  A majority of the claims involved location and setback issues.  While prior approval and permit issues were marginal.

 “These numbers reflect the SBCA’s commitment to working at the ground level to solve OTARD issues,” said Noah Cuttler, Director of Regulatory Affairs. “But, what is most telling is number of claims involving community associations and rental properties.  Ten years after the creation of the OTARD Rule and we are still having problems.”

The SBCA plans to use this information in the development of an OTARD Rule manual.  The manual will be accessible to consumers and satellite technicians.  The SBCA also encourages anyone who believes their OTARD rights are violated to submit a claim at http://www.sbca.com/dish-satellite/otard-receiver.htm.

The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association is the national trade organization representing all segments of the satellite industry. It is committed to expanding the utilization of satellite technology for the broadcast delivery of video, audio, data, music, voice, interactive, and broadband services. Additional information can be found at www.sbca.com.