common carrier


Definition of common carrier

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

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Verizon further confirms that the Title II Order's conduct rules effectively require broadband providers to operate as common carriers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC tells court it has no “legal authority” to impose net neutrality rules," 12 Oct. 2018 The bill would also prohibit the FCC from imposing any type of common carrier regulations on broadband providers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat," 7 Nov. 2018 Raccoons are typically the most common carriers in the U.S., but bats are more likely to infect people. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Georgia boy, 4, treated for rabies after mom shoots raccoon dead in porch attack," 19 Sep. 2018 Home and mobile Internet providers were classified as common carriers by the FCC starting in 2015. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T loses years-long quest to cripple FTC authority over telecoms," 26 Feb. 2018 The five-member utility commission sets rates for electricity and other utilities, reviews plans for large power plants and oversees regulation of taxis and other common carriers. Scott Dance,, "Gov. Larry Hogan names longtime federal civil servant to lead Public Service Commission," 21 June 2018 Bats and skunks are the most common carriers of the disease in Michigan. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials see uptick in bats with rabies," 3 July 2018 The net neutrality repeal will also eliminate the FCC's 2015 classification of broadband providers as common carriers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T wants to settle with FTC to avoid unlimited data throttling lawsuit," 31 May 2018 Thune's proposal would prevent the FCC from regulating Internet service providers as common carriers, however. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Senate will vote to kill or keep net neutrality rules by June 12," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of common carrier

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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