SpaceX Has a Major Problem With Its Starlink Internet Connection

Are customers gonna stand for this?

When SpaceX's Starlink internet service first launched as a beta in 2020, many of the headlines were about its blazingly fast speeds. 

The problem, according to new report from internet speed testing site Ookla, is that the more people get on the service, the slower it seems to get.

The report, spotted by PC Gamer, found that Starlink users in the United States and Canada have seen a steep decline in their download speeds 

"Starlink speeds decreased in every country we surveyed over the past year as more users sign up for service," reads the Ookla report 

Median download speeds dropped between five and 54 percent from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022 in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and New Zealand. 

From Q1 to Q2 2022 in the US, Starlink's median download rate dropped from more than 90 Megabits per second (Mbps) to about 62.5 Mbps, PC Gamer pointed out.  

During that same period in Canada, Starlink's download speed dropped a similar amount, going from 97.4 Mbps to 75.73 Mbps. 

That's not abjectly terrible, but it does bring some of the hype around the service — a consumer-oriented package