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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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 In February of 2015, the FCC voted to uphold net neutrality, reclassifying internet providers as common carriers. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Appeals Court Rules to Uphold Net Neutrality," 14 June 2016 As part of the FCC's decision to eliminate net neutrality rules, the FCC declared that broadband isn't a telecommunications service and thus shouldn't be subject to common carrier regulation. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC is hurting consumers to help corporations, Mignon Clyburn says on exit," 21 May 2018 In a shocking reversal, the Senate voted 52-47 to disapprove of the rollback of network neutrality—the policy that treats broadband and wireless data as common carriers. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Senate Votes Against the Net-Neutrality Rollback," 16 May 2018 He was fascinated with the B&O, the nation’s first common carrier railroad that built westward from Baltimore in 1828, and undertook a history of the line. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "James D. Dilts, author and historian who wrote about railroads, architecture and preservation, dies," 12 May 2018

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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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