Marathon Patent Group (MARA.Q) and DMG Blockchain Solutions (DMGI.V) inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding to make a co-operative cryptocurrency mining pool, according to a press release.

The two companies are working together to establish Digital Currency Miners of North America (DCMNA) which will work on decentralizing the Bitcoin hashrate and providing more transparency for North American miners.

“To date, companies such as ours have relied on pools primarily based in Asia to connect to the Bitcoin network, and we have been frustrated by the lack of transparency and audited data. Marathon has been a leader both in terms of market capitalization and also in terms of lobbying regulators on behalf of our industry, and we look forward to working diligently to build the capabilities of DCMNA on behalf of our mining partners and DCMNA’s new members,” said Merrick Okamoto, Marathon’s executive chairman.

Source: stockwatch.com

Marathon’s been on a run lately, riding high on the headwinds caused by the Bitcoin rush to the tune of bouncing from a low of $2.25 in October to where they are now at $13.40.

Source: stockwatch.com

In comparison, DMG isn’t doing nearly as well as Marathon, but even they have seen considerable strides in their price, soaring from $0.10 in October to where they are now at $0.73.

Benefits of the mining pool will include:

  • Profit sharing, whereby miners receive rebates based on their contributed hashrate
  • Increased transparency as all financial information will be audited by a third-party U.S.-based financial audit firm
  • Lobbying efforts to improve the policies and regulatory environment in North America for miners
  • “Clean block mining” that adheres to the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s (OFAC’s) compliance standards and reduces the risk of mining blocks that include transactions linked to nefarious activities

—Joseph Morton

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