SpaceX has no plans to introduce tiered pricing to, the company’s satellite internet service, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said .
“I don’t think we’re going to do tiered pricing to consumers,” Shotwell said during the Satellite 2021 Leo Digital Forum. “We’re going to try to keep it as simple as possible and transparent as possible, so right now there are no plans to tier for consumers.”
Currently in open beta and boastingacross the US, Canada and other select regions, Starlink costs $100 per month after a $500 deposit to cover the cost of the receiver dish. A tiered pricing approach would offer multiple plans with different capabilities at different prices — but SpaceX seems more inclined to go with a single, straightforward offering.
In, Starlink’s satellite internet service was able to hit average download speeds of about 78 megabits per second, with latency or lag of about 36 milliseconds. Both of those figures are , which promises to bring connectivity to places that lack access to ground-laid fiber or cable infrastructure. Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that Starlink’s top speeds would rise .
Service coverage is expected to spread as SpaceX is able to successfully. To date, the company has launched into its “constellation,” with plans to add thousands more in the coming years.