Abstract The domestic satellite industry has grown from the start-up phase to a position of relative maturity under a variety of flexible regulatory policies. This article focuses on two areas of policy which are critical to future growth in the industry. First, the existing policy governing orbital assignments is reviewed and recommendations presented for future policy changes. Second, the article stresses the need for policies to insure that all participants can operate in an environment free of undue frequency interference. The article concludes that the public interest motivation behind these policies is best served by a balance between regulatory oversight and industry self-help.