Starlink ends its unlimited satellite Internet data policy as download speeds keep dropping

Starting in December 2022, Starlink satellite Internet subscribers who use more than 1TB of data per month will see their speeds throttled during peak hours of 7AM-11PM. Off-peak usage between 11PM-7AM does not count towards the allocation, as a way to entice subscribers to move their heavy downloads during the night.

According to Starlink’s new Fair Usage Policy distributed to North American subscribers from Friday, the redundant users will have the option to return their Priority Access for 25 cents per gigabyte, otherwise they will remain without Priority Access until until the end of the month.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX continues to add Starlink coverage across new countries and regions, continuously attracting new commercial customers while getting the green light to provide satellite Internet to moving vehicles such as RVs, boats, yachts, or ships cruise. These new customers are starting to affect Starlink’s Internet download speeds which fell by up to 54% year over year in Q2, with the median speed in the US falling to around 60 Mbps.

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Before the big subscriber rush, Starlink had a 350 Mbps speed series listed in the residential sector on its website, although it is now shown in the business options which are much more expensive. Starlink says that standard customers on its fixed Internet plans can expect speeds between 20-100 Mbps, while for business customers the realistic expected number is doubled to 40-220 Mbps.

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Some users suggest that maintaining two Starlink satellite Internet subscriptions would now be cheaper than paying the US$0.25 per gigabyte for the next 1TB of Priority Access at full speed. None other than Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has commented on the end of Starlink’s unlimited Internet policy warning that 1TB of data per month will not be enough for the “scaling endgame” he proposed earlier in the year that could Solving the Ethereum blockchain. packed.

However, SpaceX says that less than 10% of Starlink subscribers use more than 1TB of monthly data and would only be affected by the new Fair Use Policy data cap.

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