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Telecommunication companies here including Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia are expected to appear before the Committee on Telecommunications at the House of Representatives to give reasons for poor network in Harper, Maryland County.

The House’s invitation of the companies follows a communication to Plenary by Maryland County District #1 Rep. Mike Jurry.Lawmakers are keen on finding answers for the repetitive, persistent and perennial outage of network coverage in Harper, Maryland County, southeast Liberia.

Rep. Jurry informs Plenary of the bad network by Lonestar Cell GSM.According to him, a recent survey by the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Services (LIGIS) classified the people of Harper District of Maryland County as very poor, accusing Lonestar GSM of allegedly aggravating their situation by indirectly extracting money from the people in the midst of the poverty they are facing.

Citing LISGIS report, Rep. Jurry says 54.1% of the people cannot meet their overall food and nonfood minimum needs; and that the unemployment rate is higher in the county.Rep. Jurry complains that after subscribing their cents and dollars, Lonestar Cell GSM network outage continuously keeps fluctuating, sometimes for days.

According to him, this means that their monies are paid but they cannot get the requisite services, adding that it has been happening for months.Rep. Jurry says he believes that this is tantamount to larceny, exploitation and extortion of money without giving services. He laments that the worst thing is that Lonestar GSM never gives any reason for such network fluctuation, neither does it restore the credits when its network is temporarily restored.

By Bridgett Milton-Edited by Winston W. Parley

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