City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke says Philadelphians are tired of staring at cumbersome satellite equipment on roofs.

His bill, approved Tuesday by the Rules Committee, presents landlords with a choice: relocate dishes to side or rear facades, or apply for official certification indicating that the front is the only location from which a building can receive a dish signal.

Additionally, the bill would mandate the removal of hundreds, by Clarke's estimate, of inactive dishes that satellite providers have neglected to remove despite discontinuation of service. "Facades are inundated," Clarke said. "To have a dish on the front of the house when you're pointing to the sky, I don't understand that."

Council will consider the bill next week.    - Matt Flegenheimer