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common carrier

[¦käm·ən ′kar·ē·ər]
(industrial engineering)
A company recognized by an appropriate regulatory agency as having a vested interest in furnishing communications services or in transporting commodities or people.

common carrier

(communications, company)
(Or "phone company") A private company that offers telecommunications services to the public.

common carrier

A U.S. government-regulated organization that provides telecommunications services for public use, such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Western Union. The term also refers to transportation companies such as FedEx, UPS, the airlines and railroads. Contrast with private carrier.
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More users cited limits in the quality or availability of existing common carrier services than significant cost savings, in support of either existing or potential deployment of CPCS.
As part of the Form T-4, Danbury Green checked the box indicating that the pipeline would be operated as "a common carrier.
For instance, a Commission rule states that common carriers are entitled to send both enhanced services traffic and telecommunications traffic through interconnections with ILECs under the 1996 Act.
Such a strategy creates a regulatory "safe harbor" even for enterprises that increasingly offer "like," functionally-equivalent services that access the PSTN and provide alternatives to customers previously "captive" to incumbent common carriers.
Moreover, even if travel by common carrier could still fairly be regarded as especially hazardous activity .
In our September, 1974 "The Dynamic Decade" Tenth Anniversary Issue, the editors of Communications News cited the "Specialized Common Carrier" area as one of the ten tremendous developments of our first ten years, saying: "Already the specialized common carriers have made themselves felt in the communications marketplace, both thru their own service offerings and also by prompting the established carriers to offer new tariffs .
Interconnection had a common law analog in the duty of common carriers to serve the public generally, and explicit interconnection requirements, when later imposed by statute, helped create extensive transportation and communications networks.
This is when common carriers were granted the power of eminent domain.
The use of common carriers to supplement private and dedicated resources has increasingly become a strategy that many transportation providers are utilizing to control internal capacity.
The Railroad Commission says the proposal will simply improve its registration process for common carriers and will not grant the agency new authority on eminent domain.
These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the effect of changes in consumer confidence and spending, automobile industry sales and production rates, model-year changeovers and customer acceptance in the automotive industry, our ability to satisfy contract performance criteria, availability of key components to the products we manufacture, competitive products, currency exchange rates, the outcome of pending or future litigation and other claims, labor disputes at our facilities, those of our customer or common carriers, general economic conditions and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.