Frontier laid off state Senate president after broadband vote it didn’t likeEnlarge / West Virginia State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, a former Frontier employee. (credit: Mitch Carmichael)
Broadband provider Frontier Communications recently laid off the West Virginia state Senate president after a vote the company didn’t like—and yes, you read that correctly.
West Virginia does not have a full-time legislature, and state lawmakers can supplement their part-time government salaries ($20,000 a year, according to BallotPedia) with jobs in the private sector. West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael, a Republican from Jackson County, was also a sales manager for Frontier. But after six years with the company, Frontier terminated his employment on May 26.
The dismissal came just weeks after Carmichael voted for a broadband infrastructure bill that was designed to bring faster speeds, lower prices, and more competition to Internet customers.
It was described as a layoff in local press reports, but Carmichael said in multiple interviews that he believes the Senate vote led to his newfound unemployment.
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