A Few Ways We Can Upgrade Lightning Network Payment Routing Today


The Lightning Network is a well-developed, fast-growing, Layer 2 transaction solution on the Bitcoin network. More and more services and exchanges are integrating it, the liquidity available for routing payments is growing, and more applications and ways for users to interact with it are being developed each year. It also has many problems to overcome in the long run: 

  • The scalability limits how many channels can be opened or closed on-chain at a time.
  • There’s an issue with the minimum size Hash Time Locked Contract (HTLC) increasing as on-chain fees also increase, because it has to be economical to settle.
  • There are also a slew of privacy issues.

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