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This is Part Three in my series concerning cryptocurrency and the utility industry. You can find Part One here and Part Two here.

As bitcoin makes headlines, time and time again, people are starting to take seriously the potential inherent in cryptocurrency. Ethereum, Tether, Litecoin, and others haven’t reached the same mainstream ubiquity as Bitcoin has. Still, as cryptocurrency continues to attract celebrities and respectable financial institutions, we need to look seriously at the implications.

I’m an advocate for bitcoin’s mainstream adoption, talking about it at great length with friends, colleagues, and in my blogs. But I understand that there…

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This is Part Two in my series concerning cryptocurrency and the utility industry. You can find Part One here.

Scalability is one of the most pressing issues facing mainstream adoption of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Currently, only about seven transactions per second can happen on the blockchain. This constraint was an attempt to keep the blockchain secure and decentralized. With mass adoption, though, the amount of transactions handled per second needs to be exponentially greater. Visa, for example, handles about 1,700 transactions per second (although Visa claims a whopping 24,000 transactions per second, a widely debated figure). …

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Utility companies have historically been behind when it comes to technological innovation for consumers. Online billing portals, SMS payments, and app development have become mainstream in only the last ten or so years. It’s safe to say that suggesting utility companies accept cryptocurrency for payment might sound like a stretch, but I think you should hear me out.

Bitcoin and other digital cryptocurrencies are having a moment right now, partially due to Elon Musk’s Tesla buying $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and the announcement that the company will take it as payment and partly because of its surging stock price. …

Ali Saberi

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