Elon Musk’s satellite internet company is about to start slowing some users down.
According to Starlink’s (the internet division of SpaceX) new
Specifically, users who use more than 1TB of data cumulatively between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. during a month will be throttled. They can spend $0.25 per GB of data if they want to continue getting higher speeds before the next billing cycle starts, but otherwise, it’ll be a one-way trip to slowdown town for them. Starlink says less than 10 percent of current users exceed 1TB per month, according to
Still, it’s not impossible to imagine using more than 1TB of data in a month if you live a certain lifestyle. Gamers, in particular, regularly have to deal with game and patch downloads that can reach or even exceed 100GB. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, for example, is about a 100GB download on its own. In other words, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on any big downloads until after 11 p.m.
This isn’t a horribly uncommon practice in the world of ISPs.
As Starlink grows, it’s naturally going to hit some of the same speed bumps that other ISPs hit. A
Such is life with new, experimental technology.