Today we are rolling out upgrade plans for Skynet that allow users to get access to faster speeds and greater amounts of stored data. In addition, users will have access to a dashboard that tracks all of the files that they are actively pinning, as well as their Skynet usage history.

A huge part of our vision for Skynet is that the entire platform will always be available to everyone. Free users will always have the same level of access to Skynet as paid users, with the key distinction being that access may be at lower speeds. We see access to the Internet and ownership over one’s data as a fundamental human right, and we wish to bring that to all of humanity, irrespective of a person’s ability to pay.

Users that sign up for a free account today will be able to enjoy improved speeds on Skynet until they reach 100 GB total of data stored on the platform. And for power users, we offer three paid tiers:

  • A $5/mo tier that gives users improved speeds up to 1 TB of data stored
  • A $20/mo tier that gives users accelerated speeds up to 4 TB of data stored
  • An $80/mo tier that gives users extreme speeds up to 20 TB of data stored

Once a user has reached their data limit, uploads are not halted but rather speeds are reduced to a lower tier. We also reserve the right to remove data if a user’s total amount of storage substantially exceeds their current tier.

Coming Soon: Content Monetization

The biggest difference between free tiers and paid tiers will manifest with the introduction of content monetization. Content monetization allows creators of content such as blog posts to attach a price tag to their work. This price will be paid by the portals on behalf of the users when the users view the content.

Users are not actually charged directly. Just like for uploads, users of all price tiers will be able to view monetized content, however, there will be longer loading times for users on lower price tiers. And because creators can control how much the content costs, the loading times will generally be dependent on the price of the content more than on the size of the data.

Decentralized content monetization is extremely important to the health of the Internet. Today, all forms of monetization happen through platforms that can choose to arbitrarily shut down creators and their sources of income. Advertising is the worst because an advertiser can at any time decide that a certain creator is bad for their brand and pull a sponsorship. But centralized alternatives like Patreon suffer similar issues — at any time Patreon could change their policies if they determine that they only want to support creators matching a certain image.

Through decentralized monetization, we can guarantee that any creator with an engaged audience can sustain a reliable income with substantial protections against de-platforming.

Onwards and Upwards

This is, of course, just the beginning. Skynet is leading the charge towards a renewed Internet that is not only healthier for society, it’s also faster and more fun. The blockchain revolution has taught us how to build massive applications while still ensuring everyone has full ownership of their part of the world. And every month we learn new ways to make the most of this technology. We’re no longer excited just because we found a way to build a better world. We’re now excited because it’s actually happening.

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This article was originally published on the Sia Blog.