Your local government or home-owner's association just lost a lot of its power to tell you where you can and can't put a TV antenna or satellite dish, thanks to a Federal Communications Commission decision today.

In the name of beautification, for instance, some city governments have tried to cut down on the proliferation of dishes. The FCC ruled that viewers have a right to receive TV signals without interference--but the agency left some crucial loopholes. Localities can still control dishes and antennas in historic areas or for safety reasons, and they can make rules--such as requiring a dish to be behind, not in front of a home--if the rules don't impede reception.

Next, the FCC will decide about controls on dishes placed on rental buildings, a growing issue as sales of the small, direct-to-home receivers pick up.

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