Starlink’s internet service beta is already exceeding expectations, as it delivers faster speeds than promised.
Starlink launched its beta on October 26, inviting individuals who had previously signed up and live within the current range of service. The company called it the “Better Than Nothing Beta,” perhaps in an effort to lower expectations.
It seems lowering expectation may not have been required, as the initial reports indicate the service is exceeding expectations. Starlink said users would see speeds between 50 and 150 Mbps. One user in Montana, however, posted a screenshot of their speed test showing that Starlink was delivering 174 Mbps download, 33 Mbps upload and a mere 39 ms ping.
In the Reedit thread discussing the results, users discuss how these speeds are 95% faster than what most Americans have. As the original poster says, “Starlink will forever change the game” for rural Americans.