Elon Musk’s satellite Internet company is set to slow users internet speed.
In accordance with Starlink’s (the Internet division of SpaceX) updated fair usage policy, users who utilize Starlink for home internet could see throttling when using too much internet during the month-long billing cycle. If you need to be made aware, then throttling is a method of intentionally slowing down a person’s internet speed to improve the speed and connectivity of the network.
Mainly, those who use over 1TB of data between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. throughout the month will be slowed. Users can pay $0.25 per gigabyte of data to keep getting faster speeds prior to when that next cycle of billing begins; if not, it’s a one-way journey to slow down their internet for the rest of their lives. Starlink claims that only 10 percent or less of their current users use more than 1TB monthly.
It’s still possible to imagine having more than 1TB of data per month, depending on your lifestyle. Gamers frequently have to manage games and update downloads, which could be as large as 100GB. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, for instance, is 100GB. Also, it’s most likely beneficial to put off downloading any large files until after 11 p.m.
It’s not a standard procedure in the world of ISPs. However, certain providers offer monthly data limits for certain plans, such as AT&T. Based on the service, you could be throttled or be assessed an overage cost for data usage when you exceed the limit.
As Starlink expands, it’s likely to encounter some speed bumps other ISPs encounter. For example, a recent study from September showed that the median Starlink speeds were dropping in several countries, perhaps because of traffic congestion in the network after the service became more well-known. At present, Starlink has been slowing down users to increase the speed and performance of the network.