As reported by The Verge, SpaceX’s satellite internet division will begin capping home internet speeds for customers who consume more than 1TB of data per month during peak hours starting in December. This change is being rolled out as part of a new “fair use policy” in the US and Canada.
Customers will now start each monthly billing cycle with Priority Access. If users exceed the 1TB limit between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM, which less than 10% of users do, they will be downgraded to Basic Access with a lower priority during heavy network usage until the end of the billing cycle.
You can buy more data with priority access for 25 cents per GB. However, data used between 23:00 and 07:00 does not count towards your priority access. That is, you can download updates for the game or back up archives at night.
You will be able to track your data usage and sign up for a Priority Access data purchase on the Starlink app or on your Starlink account web page.
Starlink claims that its internet is a “limited resource” so the company needs to “manage the network to balance Starlink’s offering with user demand.”
According to CNN, last week 1,300 Ukrainian terminals of Starlink satellite Internet were disabled.