WV HOUSE BUCKLING OVER FRONTIER ADVERTISING BILL - Bill Would Restrict Frontier From Advertising High Speed Internet

(02/18/2015)

House Buckling To Frontier, Republican Delegate Alleges   By Eric Eyre, Charleston Gazette Staff Writer

A Republican lawmaker is accusing the GOP-controlled House of Delegates leadership of refusing to run any bills designed to improve high-speed Internet service because the legislation could harm Frontier Communications.

In a press release posted to his Facebook page, Delegate Randy Smith, R-Preston, said House GOP leadership told him last Friday that two broadband-related bills that Smith has introduced would "go nowhere because it would hurt Frontier."

"Frontier has its hands in the state Capitol," Smith said in the release. "The company knows how to play hardball with the legislative process."

This week, Smith wouldn't name the GOP House leader who talked to him about the House not taking up bills that Frontier opposes, but said it wasn't House Speaker Tim Armstead.

"It was one individual," Smith said. "He said leadership wouldn't support this because they feel like it's targeting Frontier. If it comes to the point I have to, I'll give names. I know you're wanting names."

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