The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again delayed consideration of BlackRock and Fidelity's applications to launch spot Ethereum ETFs.

The SEC statement noted that the decision on applications from BlackRock for the iShares Ethereum Trust and Fidelity for the Ethereum Fund was postponed to a new date, and will resume after members of the regulator’s expert commission receive comprehensive answers to their questions regarding the new financial instrument.

We are talking about concerns about the potential susceptibility of ether to fraud and manipulation as a result of the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.

According to the text presented documentThe SEC initiated a public survey, which, according to the agency, should show the attitude of the crypto community towards new crypto funds nominated on air, as well as confirm or refute the assumption of the SEC qualification commission.

It is expected that it will take at least 20 days to receive comments and process survey results related to the review of applications for new investment products from BlackRock and Fidelity.

Let us recall that in addition to BlackRock and Fidelity, similar requests were sent to the regulator from the investment funds Franklin Templeton, Ark Invest and 21Shares, Grayscale Investments and VanEck.

Earlier, Blockchain Association legal consultant Jake Chervinsky said that the influence of political conditions could negatively affect SEC decisions and delay the procedure for approving spot ETFs for ether indefinitely.