Satellite Dishes Banned In Turkmen Capital For Being 'Ugly'
from the progress-without-aesthetics-just-isn't-worth-it dept
In the US, the FCC has made it clear that landlords or homeowners associations cannot stop you from installing a satellite dish (of a certain size) in an area that is wholly controlled by the home occupant. This was after some homeowners associations tried to bar the installation of dishes and antennas due to aesthetic reasons, which the FCC felt would hold back progress in various services. Apparently, that sort of thinking has not reached the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, where the Turkmen leader Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered that satellite dishes be banned in the capital city of Ashgabat for being "ugly." Yes, the progress of information services and technology should always take a back seat to aesthetic value.