Over the course of several years of operation, the Starlink service has raised prices several times for both equipment and subscription fees, while the average Internet speed has decreased significantly.

Also on February 22, the United States announced the introduction of different prices for terminals operating in different zones. During the launch of the system, a single price was valid for the whole country – $99, from March 2022 it was raised to $110 per month.

From now on, users in “limited availability” zones will pay $120 per month, and in “Restricted areas”excessive availability” – $90. Availability is determined by the ratio of the number of subscribers to the number of satellites serving them for each zone.

This change means that users with the lowest internet speed will pay more.

According to Ookla reports, in the first quarter of 2022, the average Starlink download speed in the United States decreased from 90.6 to 62.5 Mbps between, the download speed during this period fell from 9.3 to 7.2 Mbps.

Although Starlink plans to launch new satellites, it is not yet known whether the dynamics of changes in Internet speed will improve, as more and more new users are connecting to the network.