RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – SpaceX continues to make progress toward launch of its Starlink satellite-based internet service with an initial cost of $99 a month and speeds ranging from 50 to 150 megabits, according to CNBC.

The news network said it had seen “multipile screenshots of an email” from Starlink.

A bet test of the service is underway, and apps are available for download at both Google and Apple app stores.

However, Starlink says its “Better Than Nothing Beta” test is an indicator of challenges.

“As you can tell from the title, we are trying to lower your initial expectations,” the emails said, signed Starlink Team. “Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.”

Average internet broadband download speeds download range from 12 to 25 Mbps, says BusinessInsider.

In addition to the monthly fee there is a $499 cost for a Starlink Kit.

Read the full CNBC report online.