In desert east of Sparks, a technology firm aims to be a government

This undated illustration provided by Blockchains LLC shows a proposed "smart city" in rural...
This undated illustration provided by Blockchains LLC shows a proposed "smart city" in rural northern Nevada. A cryptocurrency company that owns 67,000 acres in rural northern Nevada wants state government to grant technology companies power to form local governments on land they own. Jeffrey Berns, CEO of Nevada-based Blockchains, LLC, wants to build a "smart city" run on blockchain technology on the land his company purchased in 2018. (EYRC Architects/Blockchains LLC via AP)(AP)
Published: Feb. 13, 2021 at 2:04 PM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A cryptocurrency company that owns a swath of land in rural Nevada wants the state to grant technology businesses the power to form local governments.

Jeffrey Berns is CEO of Blockchains LLC and wants to build a “smart city” that runs on blockchain, which is a digital ledger known mostly for recording cryptocurrency transactions.

The company claims local government isn’t equipped to oversee such a development and wants power over everything from schools to law enforcement on its land.

These so-called innovation zones have backing from the governor but have been met with skepticism and intrigue by state lawmakers.

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