common carrier

noun

Definition of common carrier

: a business or agency that is available to the public for transportation of persons, goods, or messages

Examples of common carrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current regulatory structure—inherited mostly from the 1996 Communications Decency Act—essentially regards them as common carriers. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Building an Economy That Works Again," 14 May 2020 Cellar 503: Special 4-and 6-packs of Oregon wines have been prepared for shipment via common carrier. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon wineries, bottle shops are ready to stand and deliver during coronavirus outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 The winery is also offering $10 flat-rate shipping via a common carrier for orders of six or more bottles. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon wineries, bottle shops are ready to stand and deliver during coronavirus outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 Even non-common carrier services offered by AT&T could not be regulated by the FTC if AT&T's legal argument had held. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T users whose “unlimited data” was throttled get $60 million in refunds," 5 Nov. 2019 Vidon Vineyard: Free ground shipping via common carrier within Oregon is available with the purchase of three or more bottles. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon wineries, bottle shops are ready to stand and deliver during coronavirus outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 Commonly covers: Inclement weather and mechanical breakdowns of common carriers. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them," 10 Dec. 2019 The court affirmed the FCC's authority to decide whether broadband should be considered a common carrier service. Wired, "A Court Says Repealing Net Neutrality Was (Mostly) OK," 1 Oct. 2019 Bring back Title II regulation Sanders also pledged to regulate broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, reinstate net neutrality rules, and impose other pro-consumer rules. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Bernie Sanders vows to break up huge ISPs and regulate broadband prices," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of common carrier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Common carrier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20carrier. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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common carrier

noun

Legal Definition of common carrier

: a business or agency that is available to the public for transportation of persons, goods, or messages — compare contract carrier

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