Starlink satellite internet prices rise June 10 for many subscribers as SpaceX reshuffles excess capacity coverage

Starlink satellite internet prices rise June 10 for many subscribers as SpaceX reshuffles excess capacity coverage
Starlink satellite internet prices rise June 10 for many subscribers as SpaceX reshuffles excess capacity coverage

Last year, SpaceX introduced a new pricing structure for the Starlink satellite internet service, which distinguishes between regions that are sparsely populated in terms of subscriber numbers and so-called “capacity constrained” regions.

Currently, Starlink subscribers who live in “excess capacity” areas pay just $90 per month for SpaceX’s satellite internet service.

Others, who live in “limited capacity” areas, pay the full Starlink subscription, or $120 per month.

SpaceX has increased both the launch schedule of its Starlink satellite and the availability of internet hardware, starting to offer Starlink kits at Best Buy and other retailers.

Initially, the launches helped expand Starlink satellite Internet coverage and speeds, but today more and more users seem to be moving from the “excessive” pricing tier to the “limited” pricing tier. .

Some Starlink users even announced that they were going to cancel their subscription, because they received an email from SpaceX informing them that Starlink prices would increase by 33% starting June 10.

According to some Starlink subscribers on Reddit, the decision process for moving an area to the limited capacity tier and its higher prices seems quite random:

My area was $90, it also recently went to $120. Population density averages just over one person per square mile for several miles in all directions, and houses are spaced several miles apart on average. The town is over 15 miles away, 200 people live there. Probably knowing almost everyone who has service, I don’t see how anyone could consider this a high demand area (many use cell service).

With the latest Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX put nearly 6,000 Starlink satellites into orbit and tangibly increased the network’s transport capacity. Starlink subscribers are also growing exponentially.

The entire cruise ship fleet https://twitter.com/Starlink/status/1790426484022342081 spaceX therefore needs to manage its capacity well to avoid a drop in median download speeds, and reworking area capacity designations could be one tool to achieve this.

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