The price of bitcoin passed $448 for the first time in two months today on the CoinDesk USD Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) to reach a press-time total of $448.50.
This notable climb helped bitcoin break the pattern of the last several weeks, when it fluctuated primarily within a tight range.
For the month through 12:00 UTC on 21st April, the digital currency’s price closed between $410 and $430 in what had been heralded as its longest period of stability for some time.
Still, bitcoin stayed within this range for a reason, as market observers were watching the digital currency’s community to see whether it would make any progress on the fundamental issues facing its technology.
While some have been disappointed with the bitcoin community’s apparent lack of progress toward a technical fix that would adjust its capacity, developers took a small step forward by releasing the code for the Segregated Witness (SegWit) proposal on 20th April.
The update to the bitcoin protocol would allow blocks to contain more data by removing the part of the transaction that holds the digital signature. However, the community had not yet implemented the update at the time of report.