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We are a 9-storey apartment building in Sydney built in the 1970s. It has a TV antenna on the roof, connected to the apartment by five or six “2-wire” flat cables running down inside the walls from the roof to the bottom floor, each Unit being daisy-chained to the Unit directly above.
Over the years, there have been renovations, or maybe the building has settled and the wire inside the walls has broken, and for whatever reason, in some of the Units the TV antenna port in the lounge wall doesn’t work, or has gone missing during renovations, or is in the wrong location for where the TV is located. Most Units have since installed Foxtel cable, and use that to access the free-to-air channels, but now Foxtel is discontinuing the cable service, and their new internet service apparently needs a connection to a TV aerial! (Or else a satellite link, which we don’t have the wiring for, and which will be very expensive to install.)
So the Strata Committee is getting complaints about the aerial, or where in the Unit the TV aerial connection can be found, etc. We had an antenna company come and review our TV aerial system, which they say can’t be repaired and that entirely new wiring is needed, which is going to be very expensive, not surprisingly. But with NBN and everyone accessing broadcast services that way, we are wondering about closing down the barely functioning TV aerial system.
Our strata manager suspects that there is some law or requirement that multi-storey apartment buildings must provide a free-to-air cabling system? Does anyone know if that is correct?
If we abolish the aerial system, I realise we will need to put that to all the Owners at a General Meeting as a special resolution, which might not pass. Although if we provide an estimate of the cost of replacing it, then the chances of it passing would rise, I suspect.
Or can we provide an alternative, such as maybe adding a by-law that states that the building is providing access to free-to-air broadcasting by way of the NBN connection, and allied services (such as Freeview), and would that help? Or is there something else we can do.
It seems that replacing or repairing the building’s free-to-air TV cabling seems an increasingly unnecessary activity, and an unwarranted expense, and I wonder if other apartment buildings have solutions or stories to share about this?
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