Long-suffering ethereum (ETH) users have cause to celebrate, while DeFi enthusiasts will be dismayed to hear that the craze may be subsiding – after median transaction fees on the Ethereum blockchain network dropped again. Per BitInfoCharts statistics, the median Ethereum transaction fee currently stands at USD 1.3 – down from staggering median fees of USD 8.48 recorded on September 2.
But it may well be too early to call time on DeFi, with one project showing signs of rude health: The lending platform Aave has debuted a governance platform that it said will allow its community vote on whether they wish to upgrade its LEND to AAVE. In a blog post, the London-based Aave (formerly ETHlend) stated that the proposal would seek to “make AAVE the new governance token of the Aave Ecosystem,” proposing rates of 100 LEND tokens to 1 AAVE.
The announced Spadina Ethereum 2.0 will go live on September 29 at noon UTC. Spadina is a mainnet-configuration test network, which will run for three days, and in parallel to Medalla, which was launched in August, said ETH 2.0 developer Danny Ryan. The main objective is to give developers another chance “to go through one of the more difficult and risky parts of the process – deposits and genesis – before we reach mainnet. If all goes well, it should give us greater peace of mind before we jump into the real deal later this year,” Ryan wrote.