Definitions for public utility
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a business enterprise, as a gas company, performing an essential public service and regulated by the federal, state, or local government.
Origin of public utility:
utility, public utility, public utility company, public-service corporation(noun)
a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
A public utility is an organization that maintains the infrastructure for a public service. Public utilities are subject to forms of public control and regulation ranging from local community-based groups to state-wide government monopolies. The term utilities can also refer to the set of services provided by these organizations consumed by the public: electricity, natural gas, water, and sewage. Telephony may occasionally be included within the definition.
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