Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb shows slides of satellite equipment being used to provide illegal internet connections around Lebanon, at a press conference Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (The Daily Star/ Hasan Shaaban)
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Unlicensed internet connections has cost the state millions of dollars each year, a parliamentary committee looking into the case said on Wednesday.Fadlallah confirmed that four recently publicized internet networks in the Donniyeh highlands in north Lebanon, and Oyoun al-Siman, Faqra and Zaarour in Mount Lebanon were found to be unlicensed and illegal.Fadlallah asked why an Interior Ministry representative was not available at the meeting to answer questions the committee had.Last week, State Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr was ordered to investigate the alleged Israeli infiltration of Lebanon's internet through the unlicensed networks.Fadlallah said the committee will hold open meetings until Tuesday.
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