An Australian farmer has become a pioneer in the mobile phone cooperative ownership movement after raising over $10,000 in crowdfunding.
The Australian Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Association (ARCTA) has created the Mobile Phone Cooperative Association for the 21st Century (MPCA).
The association has been operating in the ACT for the past two years, operating with the help of the Rural Technology Development Authority (RTA).
“We were looking to help our local farmers to have access to modern technology,” Arcta CEO and CEO, Tony O’Brien said.
“We had the option of putting a mobile phone in the barn and it would have been a huge help to our farmers.”
“It’s something we’ve had to look at, it was time for something that was innovative.”ARCTa has developed the mobile telephone cooperative industry to provide farmers with access to technology and services that were not possible when they were growing up.ARCT, along with the RTA, has provided over $3.3 million in funding to farmers through the mobile cooperative industry.
“The RTA supports and promotes the creation of innovative businesses, and this is what makes the MPCA possible,” Mr O’Briens said.
The MPCA is a not-for-profit organisation that is able to assist rural communities by supporting the development of local industries and skills.
Mr O’Brown said he hoped the MPACA would continue to be a model for the future.
“This is a good start and we think it can grow and continue to develop,” he said.
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