On Bitcoin UASF: Private Internet Access stands with the People

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 by PIA Team
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Private Internet Access was one of the first VPN providers to accept Bitcoin as payment for our VPN service back in early 2011 on the #Bitcoin-OTC channel on IRC. Since then, Bitcoin has grown into a truly mature, decentralized network with widespread usage across the globe. This is both good and bad; while Bitcoin’s utility and price have risen, so have its fees. Luckily, the Bitcoin Core developers have invented a solution to this problem that has widespread community support: Segregated Witness (SegWit).

Segwit increases capacity and lays the foundation for the Lightning Network which enables truly free (or close to it) and instant transactions. Segwit is backwards compatible, has been tested rigorously, and is already live on Litecoin (a fork of Bitcoin, also known as an altcoin). Sadly, Bitcoin miners have been blocking Segwit for many, many months for political reasons.

We’ve been fighting the good fight since the beginning. To us, Bitcoin was an obvious movement to throw our support behind. As longtime Bitcoin supporters and users, PIA truly believes that the users are the ones that have the real power in a decentralized system.

Therefore, PIA is throwing its support behind the BIP148 User Activated Soft Fork (UASF). In Chinese, the BIP number – 148 – 一百四十八, means “A lifetime of prosperity.”

BIP148-UASF is a movement of Bitcoin users who are forcing the issue and taking back power from miners to get Segwit activated. PIA is joining this movement and will be enforcing Segwit consensus rules on August 1st. Since the beginning, we have been using Bitpay to accept Bitcoin payments, so we will be requesting that they support the UASF to process our payments. If we can’t get them to do so in time, we will be switching to a payment provider that does support the UASF or accepting Bitcoin directly through a Bitcoin Core BIP148 full node.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

Image credit: Satoshi Nakamoto, Private Internet Access, and Open Clip Art

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  1. Chuck Morris

    Now I know, who to stay away from when I’m in the market for VPN service.

    2 years ago
  2. Axel Gembe

    Well, good thing I’m with NordVPN then.

    2 years ago
  3. DeathFrost

    Great move! Thank you.

    2 years ago
  4. drapetomano

    Great to know that you support the people and not the miners or corporations! Thanks!

    2 years ago
  5. foobar9000


    2 years ago
  6. Joe

    I am slightly uncomfortable with my VPN provider saying the anonymous motto.

    2 years ago
  7. Hampus Sjöberg

    /r/btc seems to be raiding this comment section…

    Make no mistake, the majority supports your move towards SegWit activation, PIA.

    2 years ago
  8. spiroseliot

    yeah the most ppl support a segwit activation to bitcoin but consensus is consensus. A bitcoin split from this action means an economical disaster for everyone

    2 years ago
  9. bitsko

    I’ll never use this service again.

    2 years ago
  10. Resident TL Snitcher

    Idiotic move. Glad I didn’t renew my service.

    2 years ago
  11. Michael Sykes

    Thank you.

    2 years ago
  12. weezul

    Sorry, but you will be losing me as a customer. I can’t agree with a company that supports UASF. Thanks for the service over the years.

    2 years ago
  13. Gghrep

    It doesn’t have widespread support. Regular SW doesn’t even have support. You guys are delusional and I am now finished using your service.

    2 years ago
  14. Erich

    You just lost customer PIA. Can’t believe your company is so stupid that goes against Satoshi’s consensus (longest chain is the true Bitcoin) and supports this idiotic UASF ran by morons who don’t even actually use Bitcoin. I vote with my money and I will no longer use Private Internet Access as my VPN service provider. Was nice being your customer for 4 years though.

    2 years ago
    1. Anonymous

      Consensus in bitcoin is to follow the most difficult *valid* blockchain, and guess who sets the rules do determine which blockchain is *valid*?? The users!

      2 years ago
  15. Bruce Robinson

    Very wise choice. I’ve been looking into VPNs recently and intend to give your service some serious consideration.

    2 years ago
  16. Joel Lee

    Why does the Anonymous motto appear on this page? Your position on the scaling debate is your own business, but I’m a little bit uneasy seeing that my VPN provider seems to be affiliated with one of the most infamous hacking organizations in existence. 🙁

    2 years ago
    1. Anonymous

      Anonymous is not an organization.

      2 years ago
      1. Joel Lee

        Hardly the point of my comment. Call it a group or a collective, or whatever you like, but they have a saying, and that saying appears in the article. If you were trying to be pedantic, though, good job!

        2 years ago
    1. Anonymous

      That post contains speculative claims that are completely baseless, no grounding in facts.

      2 years ago
  17. weeez

    Hmm… I posted here a while back that I would NOT USE PIA again after this absurd support for segwit. But my comment was removed. Classic blockstream/core/r/bitcoin tactics. You should be ashamed.

    2 years ago