Harb promised to secure Internet access for 50,000 users in remote areas.
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Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb pledged Wednesday to slash the prices of phone and Internet services in under eight weeks.In addition, Harb vowed to release the municipalities' share of the telecoms revenues for the period extending from 2010-13, which amounts to LL257 billion.The newly appointed minister said that such measures were not usually decided by the Cabinet but by the telecommunications ministers themselves.In the past, former telecommunications ministers have on several occasions submitted plans to slash prices, which were met negatively by previous governments because of the great revenues that the sector generates for the Treasury.However, Harb defended the drop in prices, claiming that the reduction of landline tariffs would prompt people to use them instead of Viber, Skype and other free services that are of limited quality.Harb said that he negotiated with Alfa and touch to renew the two companies' contracts for three months in order to guarantee that cellular services would not be interrupted.
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