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MP Boutros Harb attacked Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah's internet deal Friday, claiming Jarrah was illegally allowing a company to operate within Lebanon's internet sector."I was surprised by the minister's decision to grant a company a license to install fiber-optic cables within the country's internal telephone lines for an indefinite period of time," Harb – a former telecoms minister himself – said.He condemned the fact that Jarrah did not consult anyone before making the decision.He also denounced Jarrah's behavior, condemning the fact that the minister had made the decisions on his own rather than in consultation with the administration.The documents that he relied on are no longer valid, Harb said.Lawmakers, in consultation with Jarrah, had previously agreed that the fiber-optic network belongs to the state and that any company taking over the installation of the network must do so for the benefit of the state.
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