In a few days the notorious August 1st is approaching, and it’s likely this day will be remembered for a long time. This week Bitcoin.com discussed the possible scenario of a user activated hard fork called “Bitcoin Cash” as much of the community doesn’t realize this fork will likely still happen despite Segwit2x’s current progress.
What is Bitcoin Cash?
Bitcoin Cash is a token that may exist in the near future due to a user-activated hard fork (UAHF) that will bifurcate the Bitcoin blockchain into two branches. The UAHF was initially a contingency plan against the user-activated soft fork (UASF) announced by the bitcoin company Bitmain Technologies. Since this announcement, at the “Future of Bitcoin” conference a developer named Amaury Séchet revealed the Bitcoin ABC” (Adjustable Blocksize Cap) project and told the audience about the upcoming UAHF.
Following Séchet’s announcement and after Bitcoin ABC’s first client release, the project “Bitcoin Cash” (BCC) was announced. Bitcoin Cash will be pretty much the same as BTC minus a few things, like the Segregated Witness (Segwit) implementation and the Replace-by-Fee (RBF) feature. According to BCC, a few of the biggest differences between BTC and BCC will be three new additions to the bitcoin codebase that include;
- Block Size Limit Increase – Bitcoin Cash provides an immediate increase of the block size limit to 8MB.
- Replay and Wipeout Protection – Should two chains persist, Bitcoin Cash minimizes user disruption, and permits safe and peaceful coexistence of the two chains, with replay and wipeout protection.
- New Transaction Type – As part of the replay protection technology, Bitcoin Cash introduces a new transaction type with additional benefits such as input value signing for improved hardware wallet security, and elimination of the quadratic hashing problem.
Bitcoin Cash will have support from various members of the cryptocurrency industry including miners, exchanges, and clients like Bitcoin ABC, Unlimited, and Classic will also be assisting the project. In addition to this help, Bitcoin Cash developers have added a ‘slow’ mining difficulty reduction algorithm just in case there’s not enough hashrate to support the chain.
Mining and Exchange Support
So far several of the biggest bitcoin mining pools have stated that there’s a possibility they may direct hashrate towards the Bitcoin Cash chain. This includes Bitmain’s Antpool, BTC.top, Viabtc, and Connect BTC. Bitmain states via the company’s blog that for now the firm is focusing its efforts on Segwit2x and running that specific software. However, the company states, “we are closely observing the ‘BCC’ movement and do not rule out the possibility of supporting both Segwit2x and BCC.” At the moment Bitmain seems to be observing the situation until it makes its final decision. Our mining operation, pool.bitcoin.com has also released a public service announcement on Bitcoin Cash, and like Bitmain, our pool will also watch the events unfold as well.
“We continue to remain committed to supporting the Segwit2x proposal, which has received broad support from Bitcoin industry and community alike — However, due to significant demand from our users, the Bitcoin.com Pool will give mining customers the option of supporting the Bitcoin Cash chain (BCC) with their hashrate, but otherwise Bitcoin.com Pool will by default remain pointed at the chain supporting Segwit2x (BTC).”
Bitcoin.com previously reported on Viabtc adding a BCC futures market to their exchange’s listed coins. The token has been trading at roughly $450-550 over the past 24-hours and reached an all time high of $900 when first released. Two other exchanges, Okcoin via the ‘OKEX’ platform and Livecoin have also announced they will also be listing BCC on their trading platforms. Bitcoin Cash supporters expect more exchanges to follow shortly after the fork is complete.
What Can I do to Obtain Bitcoin Cash?
As we’ve explained in all of our other updates concerning the possibility of a fork — users should always maintain their private keys. Keeping sole custody of your keys will ensure that you can get access to Bitcoin Cash tokens in the event of a split. Keeping funds on an exchange will be different, as you always surrender your funds to the trading platform’s discretion when leaving cryptocurrencies on exchanges. This means you will have to follow their rules as many exchanges plan to halt withdrawals, deposits and possibly trading on August 1. Further, there are exchanges that will not support the UAHF split and the Bitcoin Cash token, including businesses like Coinbase and GDAX. Both Trezor and Ledger hardware wallet manufacturers have stated that their customers won’t have to do anything to receive BCC tokens.
Again, regardless of Segwit2x’s progress this fork most likely will happen and bitcoiners should be prepared. There are a few days left until August 1 and those looking to acquire Bitcoin Cash should remove their coins from third parties into a wallet they control.
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