The Senate Commerce Committee is set to address the Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) today. This bill, as drafted, would have the following impact on community associations:
- Community associations would not be able to require prior approval or have uniform rules for installation of HAM radio towers and antennas.
- Community associations would lose the right to apply a critical approval process to ensure compliance with community architectural standards, including safety and aesthetic guidelines.
- All community association standards for determining installation of HAM radio towers and antennas will be replaced by the Federal Communications Commission’s “reasonable accommodation” standard that mandates installation of HAM radio towers and antennas with no prior approval and no safety certification or restrictions.
Bottom line is that S. 1685, as drafted, would circumvent your community association’s right to enforce the “look and feel” standards that you, as members, signed on for when purchasing your home.
It is important to contact Senator Gardner TODAY to let him know you oppose S. 1685 as drafted.