The Texas Blockchain Council has donated three S9 bitcoin miners to Fort Worth, Texas for a six-month trial to allow the city to experience mining from the inside.
- Fort Worth, Texas became the first city government in the United States to mine bitcoin.
- The city accepted a donation of three S9 miners from the Texas Blockchain Council, in partnership with Luxor Technologies and Rhodium Enterprises.
- Fort Worth will complete a six-month trial period where they learn about the industry in hopes of becoming a top mining hub.
Today, Fort Worth, Texas officially became the first city government in the United States to mine bitcoin. Three S9 bitcoin mining rigs will be deployed to operate 24/7 in a closed environment on a private network operated by the IT Solutions Department’s data center located at the hotel city of Fort Worth.
The S9 bitcoin miners were donated by the bitcoin and blockchain advocacy group, Texas Blockchain Council. The donation was formally accepted today.
“With blockchain technology and cryptocurrency revolutionizing the financial landscape, we want to transform Fort Worth into a tech-friendly city,” said Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker.
“Today, with the support and partnership of the Texas Blockchain Council, we are entering this world on a small scale while sending a big message – Fort Worth is where the future begins,” Parker continued.
The program starts with just the three machines so the city of Fort Worth can monitor performance, power needs, and learn about the bitcoin mining process over a six-month period.
Fort Worth estimates that the individual energy required to extract bitcoin from each of the mining rigs will be equal to that of a household vacuum cleaner, according to the statement. This nominal power consumption should be compensated by the profits from bitcoin mining.
Fort Worth is positioning itself to operate within the bitcoin mining industry as a participant to learn the needs of the industry:
“Texas is increasingly recognized as the world leader in bitcoin and blockchain, and Fort Worth will have a seat at that table. The pioneering spirit is alive and well in Fort Worth, and with this program we will attract dynamic businesses that share this vision for the future,” said Robert Sturns, Fort Worth Director of Economic Development.
Lee Bratcher, president and co-founder of the Texas Blockchain Council, congratulated the city on its decision to mine bitcoin and gave a favorable outlook for the future of Fort Worth.
“By starting small and learning as you go, Fort Worth is positioning itself as the bitcoin mining capital of Texas. The state as a whole has already established itself as the bitcoin mining capital of the world,” Bratcher said.
Bratcher also noted the support and guidance of Luxor Technologies and Rhodium Enterprises who provided strategic advice that helped bring this project to fruition. Alex Brammer, Vice President of Business Development at Luxor, spoke of Luxor’s excitement to be part of Fort Worth’s first step into bitcoin mining.
“Luxor provides pool services and technical advice to the Fort Worth team, and we were impressed with their thoroughness and how quickly they were able to set up their initial mining operation,” Brammer said.
Brammer continued to praise the city’s agility and ability to quickly integrate the processes needed to operate a mining facility. Brammer closed his thoughts with a colorful caricature of the mayor and his team saying they “definitely helped redefine ‘moving at the speed of government,’ further cementing Fort Worth as one of the most innovative cities in the nation.” .
Watch the live stream today as Mayor Parker officially deploys the miners here at 2:30 p.m. CST.
At 2:45 p.m. CST, you can participate in a live Twitter spaces hosted by Mayor Parker and the Texas Blockchain Council.
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