Missouri Governor Mike Parson has approved 16 broadband development projects to receive a total of over $3-million through the state of Missouri’s broadband grant program. These projects will bring service to more than 4,400 Missouri homes, businesses, and farms that lack access to high-speed internet. According to the FCC nearly 600,000 Missourians lack access to high-speed internet. Among the projects approved by Governor Parson were two for Chariton Valley. One grant is for 206,000 dollars to extend fiber-to-the-home service in Renick. The second grant for 50,000 dollars will allow Chariton Valley to extend high-speed broadband internet service to 19 locations along Rockford Hills Avenue in Chariton County. In addition, Socket Telecom received a grant for 129,860 dollars to construct a fiber-to-the-premise network in New Franklin. More information on the recipients and the grant program can be found online on the Missouri Department of Economic Development website.