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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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With these basics, you can see that simple net neutrality means keeping the internet "superhighway" on which we all travel a free and open path, much like a common carrier.
Currently, the FTC has no ability to regulate the internet because of the common carrier classification.
The district court agreed with the FTC, holding that Section 5's exemption for common carriers applied only to a firm's "common carrier" services, and denied AT&T's motion to dismiss.
It has been three years since the state Supreme Court's opinion in Denbury Green, which took a dim view of the commission's "check the box" rules regarding Form T-4 pipeline permit application which automatically created common carrier status to the pipeline operator.
According to the decision, this section "clearly and unambiguously proscribes LGUs from imposing any tax on the gross receipts of transportation contractors, persons engaged in the transportation of passengers or freight by hire, and common carriers by air, land and water.
A problem for transportation providers is that most software assigns shipments to private or dedicated fleet on an individual basis, and thus integrating common carriers into the decision process is many times a manual process because the algorithms in the software do not account for many factors outside of cost.
Merely registering as a common carrier does not conclusively convey the extraordinary power of eminent domain or bar landowners from contesting in court whether a planned pipeline meets the statutory common carrier requirements," the court said in its ruling in favor of David Holland, a Beaumont-area landowner who questioned Denbury Resources' use of eminent domain to build a carbon dioxide pipeline across his land.
Given these high stakes, this Note argues that Congress should create a federal statutory regime to limit the space flight industry's exposure to tort liability and, in particular, to prevent a court from deeming space flight entities common carriers.
It also noted that ICCTA allows the FMCSA to issue both common carrier and contract carrier permits during a "transition" period.
According to the new model, adopting new criteria to calculate costs such as a longer durability period for facilities, access charges for telecom services offered by new common carriers to homes via local switching equipment of NTT East Corp.
Although skunks were once the most common carrier of rabies in the county, bats now hold that distinction.