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MACON, MO – November 17, 2023 – Chariton Valley (CV) announced today the Hannibal Fire Department (HFD) as a recipient of a Community Grant from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

As an NTCA member, Chariton Valley submitted HFD’s application to FRS, requesting $1,265 to purchase iPads. Sixteen applications for deserving community projects were submitted by the company on behalf of organizations within their service area.

“Congratulations to the Hannibal Fire Department! We are proud to partner with area groups for the betterment of our local communities,” said Chariton Valley’s President and Chief Executive Officer Ryan Johnson.

“The Hannibal Fire Department is extremely thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Foundation for Rural Service grant program. A special thanks to Chariton Valley for inviting us to apply and coordinating the award of three new iPads for HFD to use on business inspections, pre-planning and responding to emergency incidents. These devices are important to the daily function of our department,” Fire Chief of the Hannibal Fire Department Ryan Neisen said.

FRS selected 23 recipients from the more than 200 applications the organization received, totaling over $105,000 in grant support. No NTCA member company had more than one organization awarded.

The FRS grants, coupled with support from NTCA members, enable a broad range of community projects across rural America – from providing new equipment to schools and libraries for literacy and digital inclusion efforts, expanding esports and robotics programs, supporting first responders, and more. The organizations selected receive Community Grants of up to $5,000. The partnering NTCA member also contributes 10% of the total award amount.

“Through the Community Grant Program, FRS is proud to help multiply the work NTCA members are often already doing to give back so that their efforts can have an even greater impact on the communities they serve,” said FRS Executive Director Pam Becker. “We are grateful to the 23 NTCA companies that partnered with FRS this year to support these grants and would also like to thank Farm Credit East and the Carri Bennet Economic Development Fund for the additional support.”

“Community Grants from FRS and NTCA members are given annually, and Chariton Valley will continue to partner with area organizations by submitting their applications for deserving projects,” added Johnson.  Applications for these grants are accepted each spring and will be available in early 2024 at www.frs.orgunder Programs.

To learn more about Chariton Valley, visit or call 660-395-9000.

About Chariton Valley
Through its influential leadership, innovative advances, and 70 years of experience, Chariton Valley, Missouri’s premier communications provider, continues to enhance rural prosperity and living. Chariton Valley’s reliable network utilizes fiber facilities to expand connectivity to students, families, farmers, businesses, medical facilities, and rural communities every day. Chariton Valley’s success is driven by a commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience and to continue proudly supporting the communities it serves. Learn more at

About the Foundation for Rural Service
The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in rural America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Through scholarships, grants, and a variety of educational programs, FRS focuses on educating rural youth, encouraging community development and introducing policymakers to challenges unique to rural communities. Visit FRS at

About NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing more than 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovative change in smart rural communities across America. In an era of transformative technological developments, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are advancing efforts to close the digital divide by delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks. Their commitment to building sustainable networks makes rural communities fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture and education, and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Visit NTCA at


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Chariton Valley
Donna Bell
Public Relations and Economic Development Manager
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