No plan for tiered Starlink internet pricing

SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell wants what SpaceX is doing to “revitalize the industry” while “getting young children back to thinking about being back in the space industry”.

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SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell doesn’t think the company will add “tiered pricing” to its Starlink satellite Internet service, which is currently offered for $ 99 a month with limited early access.

“We will try to keep it as simple and transparent as possible. Therefore, there are currently no plans for consumers,” Shotwell said at the Satellite 2021 “LEO Digital Forum” in a virtual panel Tuesday.

In a tiered price system, the customer’s payment is based on the service level selected by them.

Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network of thousands of satellites, known in the aerospace industry as a Constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers around the world.

A Starlink user terminal installed on the roof of a building in Canada.

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The company has put more than 1,200 satellites into orbit to date.

In October, SpaceX began rolling out the early Starlink service in a public beta that now includes customers in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and New Zealand. The US price is $ 99 per month on top of the upfront cost of the equipment needed to connect to the satellites.

Elon Musk’s company has further expanded Starlink’s service. In the first three months, the public beta gained more than 10,000 users.

Musk’s company plans to expand Starlink beyond home ownership and urge the FCC to extend their connectivity eligibility to “moving vehicles” so the service can be used in anything from airplanes to ships to large trucks.

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