Threshold of fair consumption of Starlink Internet was considered to be 1 TB per month.
Starlink satellite internet is still in its infancy. There are attractive offers for users at the beginning of every business. Unlimited internet usage was one of Starlink’s offers to users. But with the increase in the number of users and the decrease in speed, the volume limit was applied.
Threshold of fair consumption of Starlink Internet
North American Starlink satellite internet users have recently started receiving messages. A message that informs about limiting the amount of internet usage. Starlink previously transferred its faster download speeds from residential subscriptions to business orders. It now specifies a consumption threshold of 1TB for it.
Starting this month, Starlink satellite internet subscribers who use more than 1 TB of internet per month will have slower speeds during peak hours (i.e. 7 am to 11 pm). Use during off-peak hours will not include speed limit. Starlink’s idea is a way to encourage subscribers to move their heavy downloads to the quieter hours of the night.
Starlink’s new fair usage policy was rolled out to North American subscribers on Friday. Users who exceed the fair usage limit of 1 TB per month can remove their speed limit by paying 25 cents per gigabyte.
SpaceX continues to expand Starlink coverage to new countries and regions. The company is constantly attracting new business customers. This company has also received permission to provide satellite internet in mobile vehicles such as caravans, boats, yachts or cruise ships.
Decreasing the speed of Starlink satellite internet with the increase in the number of users
New customers started to affect Starlink internet download speed. The increase in the number of subscribers caused a 54% decrease in speed in the second quarter of this year. The average download speed of Starlink satellite Internet in the United States has dropped to about 60 Mbps.
Before the increase in the number of users, Starlink had announced a speed of 350 Mbps in the residential sector. Currently, this bandwidth is available in commercial options, which are much more expensive.
Starlink says that standard customers can get speeds between 20 and 100 Mbps on their fixed internet plans. For business customers, these numbers double to 40 to 220 Mbps.
With the new conditions, heavy users have come to the conclusion that it is cheaper to maintain two Starlink satellite internet subscriptions. Starlink says that less than 10% of subscribers exceed the limit of 1 terabyte of monthly internet usage. As a result, this policy will not affect many users.