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Solana Overlooks Rivalry to Support Ethereum for this Reason

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By Brennan Forrest - - 5 Mins Read
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The cryptocurrency community has been set abuzz by reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has Ethereum in its crosshairs. 

Speculation is rife that the powerful regulator may attempt to reclassify Ethereum's native ether (ETH) token as a security rather than a commodity. 

Word of a potential SEC probe into the Ethereum Foundation has also surfaced, sending shockwaves through the digital asset space.

While the SEC remains tight-lipped about whether a formal investigation is actually underway, the mere possibility has investors worried.

Ether prices dipped 4% over the past week as the market grappled with the potential implications. The blockchain's transition to proof-of-stake consensus only heightens governance concerns.

The Support of Solana Co-founder and Others

At the heart of the matter is the issue of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on spot ether exposure. Some believe the SEC's rumored moves are a strategic play to block the approval of such funds because ether would be legally re-defined as a security.  

The perceived threat to Ethereum has galvanized vocal support from unexpected quarters.

Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko boldly declared, "If the state is against Ethereum, then I am against the state."

His words underscore an emerging spirit of unity across the crypto landscape.

Even Ethereum's fiercest rivals recognize how devastating an SEC crackdown could be for the entire industry.

As one ETH skeptic cheekily tweeted, "ETH maxis may be idiots. But they are OUR idiots."

Regulatory Chaos and Inconsistency  

Nate Geraci, president of ETF research firm ETF Store, articulated the legal inconsistencies at play. He argued that by approving ether futures ETFs last October, the SEC had already implicitly accepted Ethereum's commodity status.

An about-face now "contradicts the CFTC's assessment and the SEC's past actions," he said.

Lawmakers have also condemned the SEC's perceived aggression towards Ethereum. Congressman Patrick McHenry slammed the opaque probe, stating it "contradicts the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's assessment and the SEC's past actions."

Yet among the din of outrage, a few contrarian voices have emerged supporting the SEC's moves.

Lawyer Steven Nerayoff, known for his anti-Ethereum stance within the XRP community, has cheered the potential crackdown.

For now, the crypto world watches with bated breath as the situation unfolds. Should the SEC actually deem Ethereum a security, it would set a staggering precedent that could upend not just Ethereum's governance model but the entire $1 trillion decentralized finance ecosystem built upon it.

As billion-dollar trades and transformative technologies hang in the balance, one thing is certain: how the watchdog treats Ethereum will be a defining moment for the future of crypto regulation.