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Bitcoin network transaction fees spike to almost $52 temporarily

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Bitcoin Network Experiencing Sharp Increase in Network Fees and Miner Challenges

The Bitcoin network is currently facing a surge in network fees, with 332,000 unconfirmed transactions causing prices to skyrocket to $50-$52 per transaction. As of 12:05 pm Eastern Time on June 7, network fees hit 514 sats for high-priority transactions and 513 sats for low-priority transactions, with prices peaking at around 520 sats earlier in the day. According to blockchain reporter Colin Wu, the backlog of unconfirmed transactions is suspected to be linked to centralized exchange OKX, although this has not been confirmed.

The post-halving economics and challenges to Bitcoin miners have also come under scrutiny. The recent halving event, which reduced the block reward from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC, has significantly impacted miner profitability. Bitfarms reported a 42% drop in mining revenue for the month of May, attributing the decline to adverse weather conditions in its Argentina facility.

Bitcoin miners in the U.S. have spent a staggering $2.7 billion on electricity since the beginning of 2024, despite facing increasing computing difficulty and lower rewards. Analysts estimate that it now costs an average of $110,000 to mine a single Bitcoin, more than double the cost prior to the halving event.

The sharp increase in network fees and challenges faced by Bitcoin miners highlight the ongoing volatility and uncertainty in the cryptocurrency market. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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