public utility

Definition

An organization which provides a basic service to the public, such as water, energy, transportation, or telecommunications. Firms providing these services are sometimes given monopoly status by the government, when doing so is perceived to be in the best interest of the consumers.

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They were a public utility and I wanted to dip my foot in to see if I liked working in that area as well.

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The internet can be classified as a public utility but it is up to the president to decide if that is correct.

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Philadelphia offers many wonderful public utility to its citizens, including public transportation, gas, water, energy, and phone and internet services.

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